O bright and high Heaven, / Who enlightenest and rulest this lower world ! / I marched on this expedition to the [...] Cf. Shijing 207
Tsze-kung asked, saying, "Is there one word which may serve as a rule of practice for all one's life?" The Master said, [...] Cf. Lunyu 415
I / Increase / Wind and thunder: the image of INCREASE. Thus the superior man: If he sees good, he imitates it; If he [...] Cf. Yijing 42
He who by Tao purposes to help a ruler of men / Will oppose all conquest by force of arms; / For such things are wont [...] Cf. Daodejing 30
Only to wanderers can come / Ever new the shock of beauty, / Of white cloud and red cloud dawning from the sea, [...] Cf. Tangshi 94
On hemmed-in ground, resort to stratagem. [...] Cf. Sunzi 192
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