They appeared before their sovereign king, / To seek from him the rules [they were to observe]. / With their [...] Cf. Shijing 283
Tsze-lû asked what constituted the superior man. The Master said, "The cultivation of himself in reverential [...] Cf. Lunyu 389
Kuai / Break-through (Resoluteness) / The lake has risen up to heaven: The image of BREAK-THROUGH. Thus the superior [...] Cf. Yijing 43
The fives colours confuse the eye, / The fives sounds dull the ear, / The five tastes spoil the palate. / Excess of [...] Cf. Daodejing 12
I had so long been troubled by official hat and robe / That I am glad to be an exile here in this wild southland. [...] Cf. Tangshi 35
No ruler should put troops into the field merely to gratify his own spleen; no general should fight a battle simply out [...] Cf. Sunzi 233
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