The first birth of [our] people, / Was from Jiang Yuan. / How did she give birth to [our] people ? / She had [...] Cf. Shijing 245
1. When he entered the palace gate, he seemed to bend his body, as if it were not sufficient to admit him. / 2. When he [...] Cf. Lunyu 244
Lin / Approach / The earth above the lake: The image of APPROACH. Thus the superior man is inexhaustible In his will [...] Cf. Yijing 19
When the man of highest capacities hears Tao / He does his best to put it into practice. / When the man of middling [...] Cf. Daodejing 41
A girl of the Lu clan who lives in Golden-Wood Hall, / Where swallows perch in pairs on beams of tortoiseshell, / [...] Cf. Tangshi 223
Hence the saying: If you know the enemy and know yourself, your victory will not stand in doubt; if you know Heaven and [...] Cf. Sunzi 178
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