Splendid are the flowers, / And the leaves are luxuriant. / I see these princes, / And my heart is entirely [...] Cf. Shijing 214
1. A high officer asked Tsze-kung, saying, "May we not say that your Master is a sage? How various is his ability!" / [...] Cf. Lunyu 215
Shêng / Pushing Upward / Within the earth, wood grows: The image of PUSHING UPWARD. Thus the superior man of devoted [...] Cf. Yijing 46
The best charioteers do not rush ahead; / The best fighters do not make displays of wrath. / The greatest conqueror [...] Cf. Daodejing 68
Red leaves are fluttering down the twilight / Past this arbour where I take my wine; / Cloud-rifts are blowing [...] Cf. Tangshi 154
Disciplined and calm, to await the appearance of disorder and hubbub amongst the enemy:–this is the art of retaining [...] Cf. Sunzi 117
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