They buzz about, the blue flies, / Lighting on the fences. / O happy and courteous sovereign, / Do not believe [...] Cf. Shijing 219
The Master said, "If a prince is able to govern his kingdom with the complaisance proper to the rules of propriety, [...] Cf. Lunyu 79
T'ung Jên / Fellowship with Men / Heaven together with fire: The image of FELLOWSHIP WITH MEN. Thus the superior man [...] Cf. Yijing 13
Heaven is eternal, the Earth everlasting. / How come they to be so? It is because they do not foster their own lives; / [...] Cf. Daodejing 7
Slow and reluctant, I have waited / Day after day, till now I must go. / How sweet the road-side flowers might [...] Cf. Tangshi 131
Now the general is the bulwark of the State; if the bulwark is complete at all points; the State will be strong; if the [...] Cf. Sunzi 33
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