There he is gathering the dolichos ! / A day without seeing him, / Is like three months ! / / There he is [...] Cf. Shijing 72
Tsze-hsiâ said, "The superior man undergoes three changes. Looked at from a distance, he appears stern; when [...] Cf. Lunyu 493
Lü / Treading [Conduct] / Heaven above, the lake below: The image of TREADING. Thus the superior man discriminates [...] Cf. Yijing 10
As for the things that from of old have understood the Whole — / The sky through such understanding remains limpid, / [...] Cf. Daodejing 39
Though a shower bends the river-grass, a bird is singing, / While ghosts of the Six Dynasties pass like a dream / [...] Cf. Tangshi 308
Hence in the wise leader's plans, considerations of advantage and of disadvantage will be blended together. [...] Cf. Sunzi 126
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