Bright was that milky way, / Shining and revolving in the sky. / The king said, 'Oh ! / What crime is chargeable [...] Cf. Shijing 258
The Master said, "When the multitude hate a man, it is necessary to examine into the case. When the multitude like a [...] Cf. Lunyu 419
Fêng / Abundance [Fullness] / Both thunder and lightning come: The image of ABUNDANCE. Thus the superior man decides [...] Cf. Yijing 55
When the ruler looks repressed the people will be happy and satisfied; / When the rule looks lively and self-assured [...] Cf. Daodejing 58
"The sun has set, and a mist is in the flowers; / And the moon grows very white and people sad and sleepless. / [...] Cf. Tangshi 81
The general who advances without coveting fame and retreats without fearing disgrace, [...] Cf. Sunzi 171
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