The male pheasant flies away, / Lazily moving his wings. / The man of my heart ! – / He has brought on [...] Cf. Shijing 33
The Master said, "The people may be made to follow a path of action, but they may not be made to understand it." [...] Cf. Lunyu 197
Lü / Treading [Conduct] / Heaven above, the lake below: The image of TREADING. Thus the superior man discriminates [...] Cf. Yijing 10
Tao in the Universe is like the south-west corner in the house. / It is the treasure of the good man, / The support of [...] Cf. Daodejing 62
Stories of passion make sweet dust, / Calm water, grasses unconcerned. / At sunset, when birds cry in the wind, [...] Cf. Tangshi 297
In night-fighting, then, make much use of signal-fires and drums, and in fighting by day, of flags and banners, as a [...] Cf. Sunzi 113
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