Of the gourd leaves, waving about, / Some are taken and boiled ; / [Then] the superior man, from his spirits, / [...] Cf. Shijing 231
The Master said, "Perfect is the virtue which is according to the Constant Mean! Rare for a long time has been its [...] Cf. Lunyu 149
Hsien / Influence (Wooing) / A lake on the mountain: The image of influence. Thus the superior man encourages people [...] Cf. Yijing 31
The Sage has no heart of his own; / He uses the heart of the people as his heart. / Of the good man I approve, / But of [...] Cf. Daodejing 49
Though a shower bends the river-grass, a bird is singing, / While ghosts of the Six Dynasties pass like a dream / [...] Cf. Tangshi 308
Now this foreknowledge cannot be elicited from spirits; it cannot be obtained inductively from experience, [...] Cf. Sunzi 240
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