I take counsel at the beginning of my [rule], / How I can follow [the example] of my shrined father. / Ah ! [...] Cf. Shijing 287
1. Tsze-kung asked which of the two, Shih or Shang, was the superior. The Master said, "Shih goes beyond the due mean, [...] Cf. Lunyu 283
Hsieh / Deliverance / Thunder and rain set in: The image of DELIVERANCE. Thus the superior man pardons mistakes And [...] Cf. Yijing 40
“To know when one does not know is best. / To think one knows when one does not know is a dire disease. / Only he who [...] Cf. Daodejing 71
How can a deep love seem deep love, / How can it smile, at a farewell feast? / Even the candle, feeling our [...] Cf. Tangshi 296
If you march fifty li in order to outmaneuver the enemy, you will lose the leader of your first division, and only [...] Cf. Sunzi 100
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