Bright are those extensive fields, / A tenth of whose produce is annually levied. / I take the old stores, / And [...] Cf. Shijing 211
1. Chî Tsze-ch'ang said, "In a superior man it is only the substantial qualities which are wanted;– why should we seek [...] Cf. Lunyu 301
Shêng / Pushing Upward / Within the earth, wood grows: The image of PUSHING UPWARD. Thus the superior man of devoted [...] Cf. Yijing 46
Given a small country with few inhabitants, he could bring it about that through there should be among the people [...] Cf. Daodejing 80
Gone is the guest from the Chamber of Rank, / And petals, confused in my little garden, / Zigzagging down my [...] Cf. Tangshi 158
The art of war teaches us to rely not on the likelihood of the enemy's not coming, but on our own readiness to receive [...] Cf. Sunzi 128
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