King Wen laboured earnestly ; – / Right is it we should have received [the kingdom]. / We will diffuse [his [...] Cf. Shijing 295
1. The Master said to Yen Yuan, "When called to office, to undertake its duties; when not so called, to lie retired;– [...] Cf. Lunyu 161
Li / The Clinging, Fire / That which is bright rises twice: The image of FIRE. Thus the great man, by perpetuating [...] Cf. Yijing 30
Never mind if the people are not intimidated by your authority. A Mightier Authority will deal with them in the end. Do [...] Cf. Daodejing 72
When the moon has coloured half the house, / With the North Star at its height and the South Star setting, / I [...] Cf. Tangshi 275
In every army, the five developments connected with fire must be known, the movements of the stars calculated, and a [...] Cf. Sunzi 229
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