An outward demeanour, cautious and grave, / Is an indication of the [inward] virtue. / People have the saying, / [...] Cf. Shijing 256
[...] 10. Although his food might be coarse rice and vegetable soup, he would offer a little of it in sacrifice with a [...] Cf. Lunyu 251
Lin / Approach / The earth above the lake: The image of APPROACH. Thus the superior man is inexhaustible In his will [...] Cf. Yijing 19
That which was the beginning of all things under heaven / We may speak of as the “mother” of all things. / He who [...] Cf. Daodejing 52
This is where your comrade must leave you, / Turning at the foot of these purple mountains.... / When shall we [...] Cf. Tangshi 111
Hence a wise general makes a point of foraging on the enemy. One cartload of the enemy's provisions is equivalent to [...] Cf. Sunzi 21
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