In the seventh month, the Fire Star passes the meridian ; / In the 9th month, clothes are given out. / In the days [...] Cf. Shijing 154
The Master said, "What the superior man seeks, is in himself. What the mean man seeks, is in others." [...] Cf. Lunyu 412
Lü / Treading [Conduct] / Heaven above, the lake below: The image of TREADING. Thus the superior man discriminates [...] Cf. Yijing 10
You cannot rule men nor serve heaven unless you have laid up a store; / This “laying up a store” means quickly [...] Cf. Daodejing 59
Tender orchid-leaves in spring / And cinnamon- blossoms bright in autumn / Are as self- contained as life is, [...] Cf. Tangshi 2
Indirect tactics, efficiently applied, are inexhausible as Heaven and Earth, unending as the flow of rivers and [...] Cf. Sunzi 62
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