Ah ! ah ! our meritorious ancestor ! / Permanent are the blessings coming from him, / Repeatedly conferred without [...] Cf. Shijing 302
The Master said, "Let every man consider virtue as what devolves on himself. He may not yield the performance of it [...] Cf. Lunyu 427
K'an / The Abysmal (Water) / Water flows on uninterruptedly and reaches its goal: The image of the Abysmal [...] Cf. Yijing 29
“Kingdoms can only be governed if rules are kept; / Battles can only be won if rules are broken.” / But the adherence [...] Cf. Daodejing 57
The woods are black and a wind assails the grasses, / Yet the general tries night archery – / And next morning [...] Cf. Tangshi 257
Hence the saying: If you know the enemy and know yourself, your victory will not stand in doubt; if you know Heaven and [...] Cf. Sunzi 178
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