Those frowning rocks, – / How high they rise ! / Over such a distance of hills and streams, / How toilsome is [...] Cf. Shijing 232
The Master said, "The mind of the superior man is conversant with righteousness; the mind of the mean man is conversant [...] Cf. Lunyu 82
Chung Fu / Inner Truth / Wind over lake: the image of INNER TRUTH. Thus the superior man discusses criminal cases In [...] Cf. Yijing 61
Those who know do not speak; / Those who speak do not know. / Black the passages, / Shut the doors, / Let all sharpness [...] Cf. Daodejing 56
Where a yellow river climbs to the white clouds, / Near the one city-wall among ten-thousand-foot mountains, / [...] Cf. Tangshi 316
Hence the enlightened ruler is heedful, and the good general full of caution. This is the way to keep a country at [...] Cf. Sunzi 236
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