Brilliant are the flowers, / On those level heights and the low grounds. / Complete and alert is the messenger, [...] Cf. Shijing 163
Tsze-hsiâ said, "The mean man is sure to gloss his faults." [...] Cf. Lunyu 492
Mêng / Youthful Folly / A spring wells up at the foot of the mountain: The image of YOUTH. Thus the superior man [...] Cf. Yijing 4
Heaven's way is like the bending of a bow. When a bow is bent the top comes down and the bottom-end comes up. / / So [...] Cf. Daodejing 77
Zhuge's prestige transcends the earth; / There is only reverence for his face; / Yet his will, among the Three [...] Cf. Tangshi 194
Hence that general is skillful in attack whose opponent does not know what to defend; and he is skillful in defense [...] Cf. Sunzi 78
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