An outward demeanour, cautious and grave, / Is an indication of the [inward] virtue. / People have the saying, / [...] Cf. Shijing 256
1. Some one addressed Confucius, saying, "Sir, why are you not engaged in the government?" / 2. The Master said, "What [...] Cf. Lunyu 37
Ta Ch'u / The Taming Power of the Great / Heaven within the mountain: The image of THE TAMING POWER OF THE GREAT. Thus [...] Cf. Yijing 26
Those that would gain what is under heaven by tampering with it - I have seen that they do not succeed. / For that [...] Cf. Daodejing 29
Don't wash your ears on hearing something you dislike / Nor die of hunger like famous hermits on the Pike! / [...] Cf. Tangshi 84
On the day that you take up your command, block the frontier passes, destroy the official tallies, [...] Cf. Sunzi 219
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