The illustration of illustrious [virtue] is required below, / And the dread majesty is on high. / Heaven is not [...] Cf. Shijing 236
The Master said, "The reason why the ancients did not readily give utterance to their words, was that they feared lest [...] Cf. Lunyu 88
Chien / Development (Gradual Progress) / On the mountain, a tree: The image of DEVELOPMENT. Thus the superior man [...] Cf. Yijing 53
Heaven and Earth are ruthless; / To them the Ten Thousand things are but as straw dogs. / The Sage too is ruthless; / [...] Cf. Daodejing 5
O Master, how did the world repay / Your life of long solicitude? – / The Lords of Zou have misprized your [...] Cf. Tangshi 90
On the day they are ordered out to battle, your soldiers may weep, [...] Cf. Sunzi 202
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