I escorted my mother's nephew, / To the north of the Wei, / What did I present to him ? / Four bay horses for his [...] Cf. Shijing 134
The Master said, "Let every man consider virtue as what devolves on himself. He may not yield the performance of it [...] Cf. Lunyu 427
K'uei / Opposition / Above, fire; below. The lake. The image of OPPOSITION. Thus amid all fellowship The superior man [...] Cf. Yijing 38
When the ruler looks repressed the people will be happy and satisfied; / When the rule looks lively and self-assured [...] Cf. Daodejing 58
Now that a candle-shadow stands on the screen of carven marble / And the River of Heaven slants and the morning [...] Cf. Tangshi 303
Thus one who is skillful at keeping the enemy on the move maintains deceitful appearances, according to which the enemy [...] Cf. Sunzi 70
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