Profoundly wise were [the lords of] Shang, / And long had there appeared the omens [of their dignity ]. / When the [...] Cf. Shijing 304
The Master said, "Who can go out but by the door? How is it that men will not walk according to these ways?" [...] Cf. Lunyu 137
Shih Ho / Biting Through / Thunder and lighting: The image of BITING THROUGH. Thus the kings of former times made firm [...] Cf. Yijing 21
When the man of highest capacities hears Tao / He does his best to put it into practice. / When the man of middling [...] Cf. Daodejing 41
On the third day of the Third-month in the freshening weather / Many beauties take the air by the Changan [...] Cf. Tangshi 87
At first, then, exhibit the coyness of a maiden, until the enemy gives you an opening; afterwards emulate the rapidity [...] Cf. Sunzi 221
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