Heaven, in giving birth to the multitudes of the people, / To every faculty and relationship annexed its law. / The [...] Cf. Shijing 260
1. Confucius said, "When good government prevails in the empire, ceremonies, music, and punitive military expeditions [...] Cf. Lunyu 435
K'un / Oppression (Exhaustion) / There is no water in the lake: The image of EXHAUSTION. Thus the superior man stakes [...] Cf. Yijing 47
When there is Tao in the empire / The galloping steeds are turned back to fertilize the ground by their droppings. / [...] Cf. Daodejing 46
I clean my teeth in water drawn from a cold well; / And while I brush my clothes, I purify my mind; / Then, [...] Cf. Tangshi 34
Hence his victories bring him neither reputation for wisdom nor credit for courage. Making no mistakes is what [...] Cf. Sunzi 50
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