King Wen is famous ; / Yea, he is very famous. / What he sought was the repose [of the people] ; / What he saw [...] Cf. Shijing 244
The Master said, "While a man's father is alive, look at the bent of his will; when his father is dead, look at his [...] Cf. Lunyu 11
Shih Ho / Biting Through / Thunder and lighting: The image of BITING THROUGH. Thus the kings of former times made firm [...] Cf. Yijing 21
Tao never does; / Yet through it all things are done. / If the barons and kings would but possess themselves of it, / [...] Cf. Daodejing 37
Sailing far off from Jingmen Ferry, / Soon you will be with people in the south, / Where the mountains end and [...] Cf. Tangshi 101
In night-fighting, then, make much use of signal-fires and drums, and in fighting by day, of flags and banners, as a [...] Cf. Sunzi 113
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