O owl, O owl, / You have taken my young ones ; – / Do not [also] destroy my nest. / With love and with toil, / [...] Cf. Shijing 155
The Master said, "'If good men were to govern a country in succession for a hundred years, they would be able to [...] Cf. Lunyu 328
P'i / Standstill [Stagnation] / Heaven and earth do not unite: The image of STANDSTILL. Thus the superior man falls [...] Cf. Yijing 12
The people are not frightened of death. What then is the use of trying to intimidate them with the death-penalty? / / [...] Cf. Daodejing 74
The stars of last night and the wind of last night / Are west of the Painted Chamber and east of Cinnamon Hall. / [...] Cf. Tangshi 210
There are three ways in which a ruler can bring misfortune upon his army:– [...] Cf. Sunzi 34
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