I take counsel at the beginning of my [rule], / How I can follow [the example] of my shrined father. / Ah ! [...] Cf. Shijing 287
Tsze-kung asked what constituted the superior man. The Master said, "He acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks [...] Cf. Lunyu 29
Chun / Difficulty at the Beginning / Clouds and thunder: The image of DIFFICULTY AT THE BEGINNING. Thus the superior [...] Cf. Yijing 3
He who has the least scrap of sense, once he has got started on the great highway has nothing to fear so long as he [...] Cf. Daodejing 53
With its three southern branches reaching the Chu border, / And its nine streams touching the gateway of Jing, / [...] Cf. Tangshi 122
Hence his victories bring him neither reputation for wisdom nor credit for courage. Making no mistakes is what [...] Cf. Sunzi 50
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