How pure and still are the solemn temples, / In their strong solidity and minute completeness ! / Highly [...] Cf. Shijing 300
The Master said, "The superior man is catholic and not partisan. The mean man is partisan and not catholic." [...] Cf. Lunyu 30
Chun / Difficulty at the Beginning / Clouds and thunder: The image of DIFFICULTY AT THE BEGINNING. Thus the superior [...] Cf. Yijing 3
Fine weapons are none the less ill-omened things. (people despise them, therefore, those in possession of the Tao do [...] Cf. Daodejing 31
Oh, but it is high and very dangerous! / Such travelling is harder than scaling the blue sky. / ...Until two [...] Cf. Tangshi 79
Indirect tactics, efficiently applied, are inexhausible as Heaven and Earth, unending as the flow of rivers and [...] Cf. Sunzi 62
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