The people indeed are heavily burdened, / But perhaps a little ease may be got for them. / Let us cherish this [...] Cf. Shijing 253
The Master said, "The firm, the enduring, the simple, and the modest are near to virtue." [...] Cf. Lunyu 344
Kuai / Break-through (Resoluteness) / The lake has risen up to heaven: The image of BREAK-THROUGH. Thus the superior [...] Cf. Yijing 43
What is in the end to be shrunk / Must first be stretched. / Whatever is to be weakened / Must begin by being made [...] Cf. Daodejing 36
With twilight passing her silken window, / She weeps alone in her chamber of gold / For spring is departing [...] Cf. Tangshi 276
The consummate leader cultivates the moral law, and strictly adheres to method and discipline; thus it is in his power [...] Cf. Sunzi 53
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