Carefully adjusted are the rabbit nets ; / Clang clang go the blows on the pegs. / That stalwart, martial [...] Cf. Shijing 7
The Master said, "It is all over! I have not seen one who loves virtue as he loves beauty." [...] Cf. Lunyu 404
Shêng / Pushing Upward / Within the earth, wood grows: The image of PUSHING UPWARD. Thus the superior man of devoted [...] Cf. Yijing 46
To be always talks is against nature. / / For the same reason a hurricane never lasts a whole morning, nor a rainstorm [...] Cf. Daodejing 23
The limpid river, past its bushes / Running slowly as my chariot, / Becomes a fellow voyager / Returning [...] Cf. Tangshi 117
The general who thoroughly understands the advantages that accompany variation of tactics knows how to handle his [...] Cf. Sunzi 125
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