An outward demeanour, cautious and grave, / Is an indication of the [inward] virtue. / People have the saying, / [...] Cf. Shijing 256
1. Sze-mâ Niû, full of anxiety, said, "Other men all have their brothers, I only have not." / 2. Tsze-hsiâ said to him, [...] Cf. Lunyu 298
Chien / Development (Gradual Progress) / On the mountain, a tree: The image of DEVELOPMENT. Thus the superior man [...] Cf. Yijing 53
A large kingdom must be like the low ground towards which all streams flows down. It must be a point towards which all [...] Cf. Daodejing 61
Thinking only of their vow that they would crush the Tartars- - / On the desert, clad in sable and silk, five [...] Cf. Tangshi 309
If it is to your advantage, make a forward move; if not, stay where you are. [...] Cf. Sunzi 234
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