Profoundly wise were [the lords of] Shang, / And long had there appeared the omens [of their dignity ]. / When the [...] Cf. Shijing 304
The Master said, "Even in my early days, a historiographer would leave a blank in his text, and he who had a horse [...] Cf. Lunyu 417
Lin / Approach / The earth above the lake: The image of APPROACH. Thus the superior man is inexhaustible In his will [...] Cf. Yijing 19
To understand others is to have knowledge; / To understand oneself is to be illumined. / To conquer others needs [...] Cf. Daodejing 33
High beyond the thick wall a tower shines with sunset / Where peach and plum are blooming and the willowcotton [...] Cf. Tangshi 181
Hence the saying: If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you [...] Cf. Sunzi 40
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