On the hills of the south is the Tai plant, / On those of the north is the Lai. / To be rejoiced in are ye, noble [...] Cf. Shijing 172
The Master said of Tsze-ch'an that he had four of the characteristics of a superior man – in his conduct of himself, [...] Cf. Lunyu 108
Ching / The Well / Water over wood: the image of THE WELL. Thus the superior man encourages the people at their [...] Cf. Yijing 48
When the man of highest capacities hears Tao / He does his best to put it into practice. / When the man of middling [...] Cf. Daodejing 41
Boundless grasses over the plain / Come and go with every season; / Wildfire never quite consumes them – / [...] Cf. Tangshi 152
We are not fit to lead an army on the march unless we are familiar with the face of the country–its mountains and [...] Cf. Sunzi 103
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