I take counsel at the beginning of my [rule], / How I can follow [the example] of my shrined father. / Ah ! [...] Cf. Shijing 287
Tsze-chang said, "When a man holds fast to virtue, but without seeking to enlarge it, and believes in right principles, [...] Cf. Lunyu 486
Chien / Development (Gradual Progress) / On the mountain, a tree: The image of DEVELOPMENT. Thus the superior man [...] Cf. Yijing 53
Push far enough towards the Void, / Hold fast enough to Quietness, / And of the ten thousand things none but can be [...] Cf. Daodejing 16
When gaily the Emperor toured the south / Contrary to every warning, / His whole empire cut brocades, / Half [...] Cf. Tangshi 301
If a secret piece of news is divulged by a spy before the time is ripe, he must be put to death together with the man [...] Cf. Sunzi 250
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