In the fourth month comes summer, / And in the sixth month the heat begins to decrease. / Were not my forefathers [...] Cf. Shijing 204
If his mat was not straight, he did not sit on it. [...] Cf. Lunyu 252
Chien / Development (Gradual Progress) / On the mountain, a tree: The image of DEVELOPMENT. Thus the superior man [...] Cf. Yijing 53
Of old those that were the best officers of Court / Had inner natures subtle, abstruse, mysterious, penetrating, / Too [...] Cf. Daodejing 15
It is almost as hard for friends to meet / As for the morning and evening stars. / Tonight then is a rare [...] Cf. Tangshi 9
Hence in the wise leader's plans, considerations of advantage and of disadvantage will be blended together. [...] Cf. Sunzi 126
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