The illustration of illustrious [virtue] is required below, / And the dread majesty is on high. / Heaven is not [...] Cf. Shijing 236
The Master said, "I do not know how a man without truthfulness is to get on. How can a large carriage be made to go [...] Cf. Lunyu 38
Chien / Development (Gradual Progress) / On the mountain, a tree: The image of DEVELOPMENT. Thus the superior man [...] Cf. Yijing 53
The people starve because those above them eat too much tax-grain. That is the only reason why they starve. / / The [...] Cf. Daodejing 75
Zhuge's prestige transcends the earth; / There is only reverence for his face; / Yet his will, among the Three [...] Cf. Tangshi 194
After crossing a river, you should get far away from it. So much for river warfare. [...] Cf. Sunzi 132
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