Clear, and to be preserved bright, / Are the statutes of king Wen. / From the first sacrifice [to him], / Till [...] Cf. Shijing 268
The Master said, "In preparing the governmental notifications, P'î Shan first made the rough draft; Shî-shû examined [...] Cf. Lunyu 355
Shêng / Pushing Upward / Within the earth, wood grows: The image of PUSHING UPWARD. Thus the superior man of devoted [...] Cf. Yijing 46
The people are not frightened of death. What then is the use of trying to intimidate them with the death-penalty? / / [...] Cf. Daodejing 74
Though our envoy, Su Wu, is gone, body and soul, / This temple survives, these trees endure.... / Wildgeese [...] Cf. Tangshi 220
When an army has penetrated into the heart of a hostile country, leaving a number of fortified cities in its rear, it [...] Cf. Sunzi 185
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