[This] umbrageous sweet pear-tree ; – / Clip it not, hew it not down. / Under it the chief of Zhou lodged. / [...] Cf. Shijing 16
Tsze-kung asked what constituted the superior man. The Master said, "He acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks [...] Cf. Lunyu 29
Sun / The Gentle (The Penetrating, Wind) / Winds following one upon the other: The image of THE GENTLY [...] Cf. Yijing 57
As the heavy must be the foundation of the light, / So quietness is lord and master of activity. / Truly, “A man of [...] Cf. Daodejing 26
With this cold night-rain hiding the river, you have come into Wu. / In the level dawn, all alone, you will be [...] Cf. Tangshi 264
Do not repeat the tactics which have gained you one victory, but let your methods be regulated by the infinite variety [...] Cf. Sunzi 91
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