On the mountains are the thorny elms, / In the low, wet grounds are the white elms. / You have suits of robes, / [...] Cf. Shijing 115
The Master said, "In hearing litigations, I am like any other body. What is necessary, however, is to cause the people [...] Cf. Lunyu 306
Chên / The Arousing (Shock, Thunder) / Thunder repeated: the image of SHOCK. Thus in fear and trembling The superior [...] Cf. Yijing 51
To be always talks is against nature. / / For the same reason a hurricane never lasts a whole morning, nor a rainstorm [...] Cf. Daodejing 23
The ruler of Shu had his eyes on Wu and progressed as far as the Three Gorges. / In the year of his demise, too, [...] Cf. Tangshi 193
With regard to PRECIPITOUS HEIGHTS, if you are beforehand with your adversary, you should occupy the raised and sunny [...] Cf. Sunzi 160
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