Heaven made its determinate appointment, / Which [our] two sovereigns received. / King Cheng did not dare to rest [...] Cf. Shijing 271
1. The duke Âi inquired of Yû Zo, saying, "The year is one of scarcity, and the returns for expenditure are not [...] Cf. Lunyu 302
Lin / Approach / The earth above the lake: The image of APPROACH. Thus the superior man is inexhaustible In his will [...] Cf. Yijing 19
The best charioteers do not rush ahead; / The best fighters do not make displays of wrath. / The greatest conqueror [...] Cf. Daodejing 68
We met last among flowers, among flowers we parted, / And here, a year later, there are flowers again; / But, [...] Cf. Tangshi 199
A whole army may be robbed of its spirit; [...] Cf. Sunzi 114
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