Heaven made its determinate appointment, / Which [our] two sovereigns received. / King Cheng did not dare to rest [...] Cf. Shijing 271
1. The madman of Ch'û, Chieh-yü, passed by Confucius, singing and saying, "O FANG! O FANG! How is your virtue [...] Cf. Lunyu 478
Chien / Obstruction / Water on the mountain: The image of OBSTRUCTION. Thus the superior man turns his attention to [...] Cf. Yijing 39
Heaven's way is like the bending of a bow. When a bow is bent the top comes down and the bottom-end comes up. / / So [...] Cf. Daodejing 77
Cock-crow, the Purple Road cold in the dawn; / Linnet songs, court roofs tinted with April; / At the Golden [...] Cf. Tangshi 177
Therefore the clever combatant imposes his will on the enemy, but does not allow the enemy's will to be imposed on him. [...] Cf. Sunzi 75
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