Look at a rat, – it has its skin ; / But a man should be without dignity of demeanour. / If a man have no [...] Cf. Shijing 52
The philosopher Tsang said, "I have heard this from our Master:– 'The filial piety of Mang Chwang, in other matters, [...] Cf. Lunyu 502
Hêng / Duration / Thunder and wind: the image of DURATION. Thus the superior man stands firm And does not change has [...] Cf. Yijing 32
The fives colours confuse the eye, / The fives sounds dull the ear, / The five tastes spoil the palate. / Excess of [...] Cf. Daodejing 12
The ruler of Shu had his eyes on Wu and progressed as far as the Three Gorges. / In the year of his demise, too, [...] Cf. Tangshi 193
The general who advances without coveting fame and retreats without fearing disgrace, [...] Cf. Sunzi 171
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