By the graceful sweep of these banks, / With the southern hill, so calm in the distance, / [Has the palace arisen], [...] Cf. Shijing 189
The Master said, "There are only the wise of the highest class, and the stupid of the lowest class, who cannot be [...] Cf. Lunyu 450
Wu Wang / Innocence (The Unexpected) / Under heaven thunder rolls: All things attain the natural state of [...] Cf. Yijing 25
Given a small country with few inhabitants, he could bring it about that through there should be among the people [...] Cf. Daodejing 80
From office confinement all year long, / I have come out of town to be free this morning / Where willows [...] Cf. Tangshi 32
Therefore the good fighter will be terrible in his onset, and prompt in his decision. [...] Cf. Sunzi 65
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