The arm of king Wu was full of strength ; / Irresistable was his ardour. / Greatly illustrious were Cheng and Kang, [...] Cf. Shijing 274
1. The Master said, "See what a man does. / 2. "Mark his motives. / 3. "Examine in what things he rests. / 4. "How can [...] Cf. Lunyu 26
Lü / Treading [Conduct] / Heaven above, the lake below: The image of TREADING. Thus the superior man discriminates [...] Cf. Yijing 10
It acts without action, does without doing, finds flavour in what is flavourless, / Can make the small great and the [...] Cf. Daodejing 63
On a part of a spear still unrusted in the sand / I have burnished the symbol of an ancient kingdom.... / [...] Cf. Tangshi 290
Ground which forms the key to three contiguous states, is a ground of intersecting highways. [...] Cf. Sunzi 184
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