The clusters of the pepper plant, / Large and luxuriant, would fill a pint. / That hero there / Is large and [...] Cf. Shijing 117
1. The minister of crime of Ch'an asked whether the duke Châo knew propriety, and Confucius said, "He knew propriety." [...] Cf. Lunyu 181
T'ung Jên / Fellowship with Men / Heaven together with fire: The image of FELLOWSHIP WITH MEN. Thus the superior man [...] Cf. Yijing 13
The man of highest “power” does not reveal himself as a possessor of “power”; / Therefore he keeps his “power”. / The [...] Cf. Daodejing 38
The ruler of Shu had his eyes on Wu and progressed as far as the Three Gorges. / In the year of his demise, too, [...] Cf. Tangshi 193
Hence the skillful fighter puts himself into a position which makes defeat impossible, and does not miss the moment for [...] Cf. Sunzi 51
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