I take counsel at the beginning of my [rule], / How I can follow [the example] of my shrined father. / Ah ! [...] Cf. Shijing 287
The Master said, "In archery it is not going through the leather which is the principal thing;– because people's [...] Cf. Lunyu 56
K'an / The Abysmal (Water) / Water flows on uninterruptedly and reaches its goal: The image of the Abysmal [...] Cf. Yijing 29
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
Lakka-trees ripen two by two / And mandarin-ducks die side by side. / If a true-hearted girl will love only her [...] Cf. Tangshi 44
All armies prefer high ground to low, and this will spell victory. [...] Cf. Sunzi 136
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