Heaven made its determinate appointment, / Which [our] two sovereigns received. / King Cheng did not dare to rest [...] Cf. Shijing 271
The Master said, "The sage and the man of perfect virtue;– how dare I rank myself with them? It may simply be said of [...] Cf. Lunyu 184
Hsien / Influence (Wooing) / A lake on the mountain: The image of influence. Thus the superior man encourages people [...] Cf. Yijing 31
There was something formless yet complete, / That existed before heaven and earth; / Without sound, without substance, [...] Cf. Daodejing 25
Now that the palace-gate has softly closed on its flowers, / Ladies file out to their pavilion of jade, / Abrim [...] Cf. Tangshi 287
It is the business of a general to be quiet and thus ensure secrecy; upright and just, and thus maintain order. He [...] Cf. Sunzi 206
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