Grandly lofty are the mountains, / With their large masses reaching to the heavens. / From these mountains was sent [...] Cf. Shijing 259
1. The Master said to Yen Yuan, "When called to office, to undertake its duties; when not so called, to lie retired;– [...] Cf. Lunyu 161
Shêng / Pushing Upward / Within the earth, wood grows: The image of PUSHING UPWARD. Thus the superior man of devoted [...] Cf. Yijing 46
A large kingdom must be like the low ground towards which all streams flows down. It must be a point towards which all [...] Cf. Daodejing 61
How beautiful she looks, opening the pearly casement, / And how quiet she leans, and how troubled her brow is! / [...] Cf. Tangshi 234
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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