Ah ! solemn is the ancestral temple in its pure stillness. / Reverent and harmonious were the distinguished [...] Cf. Shijing 266
1. The Master said to Tsze-kung, "Which do you consider superior, yourself or Hûi?" / 2. Tsze-kung replied, "How dare I [...] Cf. Lunyu 101
Chun / Difficulty at the Beginning / Clouds and thunder: The image of DIFFICULTY AT THE BEGINNING. Thus the superior [...] Cf. Yijing 3
Those who know do not speak; / Those who speak do not know. / Black the passages, / Shut the doors, / Let all sharpness [...] Cf. Daodejing 56
Since yesterday had to throw me and bolt, / Today has hurt my heart even more. / The autumn wildgeese have a [...] Cf. Tangshi 56
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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