Heaven made its determinate appointment, / Which [our] two sovereigns received. / King Cheng did not dare to rest [...] Cf. Shijing 271
1. Tsze-chang asked, "What must the officer be, who may be said to be distinguished?" / 2. The Master said, "What is it [...] Cf. Lunyu 313
Ko / Revolution (Molting) / Fire in the lake: the image of REVOLUTION. Thus the superior man Sets the calendar in [...] Cf. Yijing 49
What is of all things most yielding / Can overwhelm that which is of all things most hard. / Being substanceless it can [...] Cf. Daodejing 43
I am the madman of the Chu country / Who sang a mad song disputing Confucius. / ...Holding in my hand a staff [...] Cf. Tangshi 53
On open ground, I would keep a vigilant eye on my defenses. On ground of intersecting highways, I would consolidate my [...] Cf. Sunzi 211
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