When the guests first approach the mats, / They take their places on the left and the right in an orderly manner. / [...] Cf. Shijing 220
The Master said, "Superior men, and yet not always virtuous, there have been, alas! But there never has been a mean [...] Cf. Lunyu 353
Lü / Treading [Conduct] / Heaven above, the lake below: The image of TREADING. Thus the superior man discriminates [...] Cf. Yijing 10
To understand others is to have knowledge; / To understand oneself is to be illumined. / To conquer others needs [...] Cf. Daodejing 33
The woods are black and a wind assails the grasses, / Yet the general tries night archery – / And next morning [...] Cf. Tangshi 257
What the ancients called a clever fighter is one who not only wins, but excels in winning with ease. [...] Cf. Sunzi 49
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