Compassionate Heaven is arrayed in angry terrors ; / Heaven is indeed sending down ruin, / Afflicting us with [...] Cf. Shijing 265
The Master said, "Superior men, and yet not always virtuous, there have been, alas! But there never has been a mean [...] Cf. Lunyu 353
K'uei / Opposition / Above, fire; below. The lake. The image of OPPOSITION. Thus amid all fellowship The superior man [...] Cf. Yijing 38
The Way is like an empty vessel / That yet may be drawn from / Without ever needing to be filled. / It is bottomless; [...] Cf. Daodejing 4
Knowing beauty my misfortune, / I face my mirror with a sigh. / To please a fastidious emperor, / How shall [...] Cf. Tangshi 167
On hemmed-in ground, I would block any way of retreat. [...] Cf. Sunzi 213
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