I look up to great Heaven, / But it shows us no kindness. / Very long have we been disquieted, / And these great [...] Cf. Shijing 264
The Master said, "I am not one who was born in the possession of knowledge; I am one who is fond of antiquity, and [...] Cf. Lunyu 170
K'an / The Abysmal (Water) / Water flows on uninterruptedly and reaches its goal: The image of the Abysmal [...] Cf. Yijing 29
As the heavy must be the foundation of the light, / So quietness is lord and master of activity. / Truly, “A man of [...] Cf. Daodejing 26
Where, before me, are the ages that have gone? / And where, behind me, are the coming generations? / I think of [...] Cf. Tangshi 46
By holding out advantages to him, he can cause the enemy to approach of his own accord; or, by inflicting damage, he [...] Cf. Sunzi 76
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