King Wen is famous ; / Yea, he is very famous. / What he sought was the repose [of the people] ; / What he saw [...] Cf. Shijing 244
1. Kung-shan Fû-zâo, when he was holding Pi, and in an attitude of rebellion, invited the Master to visit him, who was [...] Cf. Lunyu 452
Chien / Development (Gradual Progress) / On the mountain, a tree: The image of DEVELOPMENT. Thus the superior man [...] Cf. Yijing 53
It was when the Great Way declined / That human kindness and morality arose; / It was when intelligence and knowledge [...] Cf. Daodejing 18
There is only one Carved-Cloud, exquisite always- / Yet she dreads the spring, blowing cold in the palace, / [...] Cf. Tangshi 300
You may advance and be absolutely irresistible, if you make for the enemy's weak points; you may retire and be safe [...] Cf. Sunzi 79
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