Of the gourd leaves, waving about, / Some are taken and boiled ; / [Then] the superior man, from his spirits, / [...] Cf. Shijing 231
The Master said, "Who can go out but by the door? How is it that men will not walk according to these ways?" [...] Cf. Lunyu 137
Lin / Approach / The earth above the lake: The image of APPROACH. Thus the superior man is inexhaustible In his will [...] Cf. Yijing 19
As for the things that from of old have understood the Whole — / The sky through such understanding remains limpid, / [...] Cf. Daodejing 39
With a blue line of mountains north of the wall, / And east of the city a white curve of water, / Here you must [...] Cf. Tangshi 102
Humble words and increased preparations are signs that the enemy is about to advance. Violent language and driving [...] Cf. Sunzi 144
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