There is a rainbow in the east, / And no one dares to point to it. / When a girl goes away [from her home], [...] Cf. Shijing 51
The Master said, "When rulers love to observe the rules of propriety, the people respond readily to the calls on them [...] Cf. Lunyu 388
Ta Chuang / The Power of the Great / Thunder in heaven above: The image of THE POWER OF THE GREAT. Thus the superior [...] Cf. Yijing 34
Stretch a bow to the very full, / And you will wish you had stopped in time; / Temper a sword-edge to its very [...] Cf. Daodejing 9
There's a gleam of green in an old bottle, / There's a stir of red in the quiet stove, / There's a feeling of [...] Cf. Tangshi 246
Hence the enlightened ruler is heedful, and the good general full of caution. This is the way to keep a country at [...] Cf. Sunzi 236
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