My four steeds advanced without stopping ; / The way from Zhou was winding and tedious. / Did I not have the wish [...] Cf. Shijing 162
The Master said, "The superior man is easy to serve and difficult to please. If you try to please him in any way which [...] Cf. Lunyu 342
Fêng / Abundance [Fullness] / Both thunder and lightning come: The image of ABUNDANCE. Thus the superior man decides [...] Cf. Yijing 55
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
While winter daylight shortens in the elemental scale / And snow and frost whiten the cold-circling night, / [...] Cf. Tangshi 189
The art of war, then, is governed by five constant factors, to be taken into account in one's deliberations, when [...] Cf. Sunzi 2
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