Heaven made the lofty hill, / And king Da brought [the country about] it under cultivation. / He made the [...] Cf. Shijing 270
The Master said, "I have not seen a firm and unbending man." Some one replied, "There is Shan Ch'ang." "Ch'ang," said [...] Cf. Lunyu 103
K'un / Oppression (Exhaustion) / There is no water in the lake: The image of EXHAUSTION. Thus the superior man stakes [...] Cf. Yijing 47
Banish wisdom, discard knowledge, / And the people will be benefited a hundredfold. / Banish human kindness, discard [...] Cf. Daodejing 19
His Palace of Purple Spring has been taken by mist and cloud, / As he would have taken all Yangzhou to be his [...] Cf. Tangshi 211
The art of war, then, is governed by five constant factors, to be taken into account in one's deliberations, when [...] Cf. Sunzi 2
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