I look up to great Heaven, / But it shows us no kindness. / Very long have we been disquieted, / And these great [...] Cf. Shijing 264
1. A high officer asked Tsze-kung, saying, "May we not say that your Master is a sage? How various is his ability!" / [...] Cf. Lunyu 215
Tui / The Joyous, Lake / Lakes resting one on the other: The image of THE JOYOUS. Thus the superior man joins with his [...] Cf. Yijing 58
What is in the end to be shrunk / Must first be stretched. / Whatever is to be weakened / Must begin by being made [...] Cf. Daodejing 36
As the years go by, give me but peace, / Freedom from ten thousand matters. / I ask myself and always answer: [...] Cf. Tangshi 119
The general who advances without coveting fame and retreats without fearing disgrace, [...] Cf. Sunzi 171
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