The wild-ducks and widgeons are on the King ; / The personators of your ancestors feast and are happy. / Your [...] Cf. Shijing 248
1. Confucius said, "When good government prevails in the empire, ceremonies, music, and punitive military expeditions [...] Cf. Lunyu 435
Hsiao Kuo / Preponderance of the Small / Thunder on the mountain: The image of PREPONDERANCE OF THE SMALL. Thus in his [...] Cf. Yijing 62
Without leaving his door / He knows everything under heaven. / Without looking out of his window / He knows all the [...] Cf. Daodejing 47
The woods are black and a wind assails the grasses, / Yet the general tries night archery – / And next morning [...] Cf. Tangshi 257
Let your plans be dark and impenetrable as night, and when you move, fall like a thunderbolt. [...] Cf. Sunzi 108
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