By the graceful sweep of these banks, / With the southern hill, so calm in the distance, / [Has the palace arisen], [...] Cf. Shijing 189
1. Tsze-chang asked, "What must the officer be, who may be said to be distinguished?" / 2. The Master said, "What is it [...] Cf. Lunyu 313
Chên / The Arousing (Shock, Thunder) / Thunder repeated: the image of SHOCK. Thus in fear and trembling The superior [...] Cf. Yijing 51
Fine weapons are none the less ill-omened things. (people despise them, therefore, those in possession of the Tao do [...] Cf. Daodejing 31
The mountain-light suddenly fails in the west, / In the east from the lake the slow moon rises. / I loosen my [...] Cf. Tangshi 19
The enemy's spies who have come to spy on us must be sought out, tempted with bribes, led away and comfortably housed. [...] Cf. Sunzi 252
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