The ordinances of Heaven, – / How deep are they and unintermitting ! / And oh ! how illustrious, / Was the [...] Cf. Shijing 267
The Master said, "Though a man may be able to recite the three hundred odes, yet if, when intrusted with a governmental [...] Cf. Lunyu 322
Mêng / Youthful Folly / A spring wells up at the foot of the mountain: The image of YOUTH. Thus the superior man [...] Cf. Yijing 4
As the heavy must be the foundation of the light, / So quietness is lord and master of activity. / Truly, “A man of [...] Cf. Daodejing 26
While a cold wind is creeping under my mat, / And the city's naked wall grows pale with the autumn moon, / I [...] Cf. Tangshi 142
In raiding and plundering be like fire, [...] Cf. Sunzi 107
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