How can it be said that he is without robes ? / He has those of the seven orders ; / But it is better that he get [...] Cf. Shijing 122
The Master said, "The superior man is distressed by his want of ability. He is not distressed by men's not knowing [...] Cf. Lunyu 410
Fêng / Abundance [Fullness] / Both thunder and lightning come: The image of ABUNDANCE. Thus the superior man decides [...] Cf. Yijing 55
There was something formless yet complete, / That existed before heaven and earth; / Without sound, without substance, [...] Cf. Daodejing 25
The autumn night is clear and cold in the lakka-trees of this courtyard. / I am lying forlorn in the river-town. I [...] Cf. Tangshi 188
When you engage in actual fighting, if victory is long in coming, then men's weapons will grow dull and their ardor [...] Cf. Sunzi 15
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