The gourd has [still] its bitter leaves, / And the crossing at the ford is deep. / If deep, I will go [...] Cf. Shijing 34
1. The Master said, "If the people be led by laws, and uniformity sought to be given them by punishments, they will try [...] Cf. Lunyu 19
T'ai / Peace / Heaven and earth unite: the image of PEACE. Thus the ruler Divides and completes the course of heaven [...] Cf. Yijing 11
It was when the Great Way declined / That human kindness and morality arose; / It was when intelligence and knowledge [...] Cf. Daodejing 18
Lords of the capital, sharp, unearthly, / The Great Flower's three points pierce through heaven. / Clouds are [...] Cf. Tangshi 171
He who knows these things, and in fighting puts his knowledge into practice, will win his battles. He who knows them [...] Cf. Sunzi 170
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