There in the oozy grounds of the Fen, / They gather the sorrel. / That officer, / Is elegant beyond measure. / [...] Cf. Shijing 108
Tsze-lû asked how a ruler should be served. The Master said, "Do not impose on him, and, moreover, withstand him to his [...] Cf. Lunyu 369
I / Increase / Wind and thunder: the image of INCREASE. Thus the superior man: If he sees good, he imitates it; If he [...] Cf. Yijing 42
Heaven is eternal, the Earth everlasting. / How come they to be so? It is because they do not foster their own lives; / [...] Cf. Daodejing 7
This is where your comrade must leave you, / Turning at the foot of these purple mountains.... / When shall we [...] Cf. Tangshi 111
When the common soldiers are too strong and their officers too weak, the result is INSUBORDINATION. [...] Cf. Sunzi 165
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