Ah ! Ah ! ministers and officers, / Reverently attend to your public duties. / The king has given you perfect rules [...] Cf. Shijing 276
1. The Master said, "See what a man does. / 2. "Mark his motives. / 3. "Examine in what things he rests. / 4. "How can [...] Cf. Lunyu 26
Fêng / Abundance [Fullness] / Both thunder and lightning come: The image of ABUNDANCE. Thus the superior man decides [...] Cf. Yijing 55
The Sage has no heart of his own; / He uses the heart of the people as his heart. / Of the good man I approve, / But of [...] Cf. Daodejing 49
Finch-notes and swallow-notes tell the new year.... / But so far are the Town of the Horse and the Dragon Mound / [...] Cf. Tangshi 201
On the day that you take up your command, block the frontier passes, destroy the official tallies, [...] Cf. Sunzi 219
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