An outward demeanour, cautious and grave, / Is an indication of the [inward] virtue. / People have the saying, / [...] Cf. Shijing 256
The Master said of the Shâo that it was perfectly beautiful and also perfectly good. He said of the Wû that it was [...] Cf. Lunyu 65
Sung / Conflict / Heaven and water go their opposite ways: The image of CONFLICT. Thus in all his transactions the [...] Cf. Yijing 6
The people are not frightened of death. What then is the use of trying to intimidate them with the death-penalty? / / [...] Cf. Daodejing 74
Furling my sail near the town of Huai, / I find for harbour a little cove / Where a sudden breeze whips up the [...] Cf. Tangshi 31
Therefore the clever combatant imposes his will on the enemy, but does not allow the enemy's will to be imposed on him. [...] Cf. Sunzi 75
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