By the graceful sweep of these banks, / With the southern hill, so calm in the distance, / [Has the palace arisen], [...] Cf. Shijing 189
The Master said, "He who exercises government by means of his virtue may be compared to the north polar star, which [...] Cf. Lunyu 17
I / Corners of the Mouth (Providing Nourishment) / At the foot of the mountain, thunder: The image of PROVIDING [...] Cf. Yijing 27
The people starve because those above them eat too much tax-grain. That is the only reason why they starve. / / The [...] Cf. Daodejing 75
What shall I say of the Great Peak? – / The ancient dukedoms are everywhere green, / Inspired and stirred by [...] Cf. Tangshi 8
When in difficult country, do not encamp. In country where high roads intersect, join hands with your allies. Do not [...] Cf. Sunzi 123
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