Our chariots were strong, / Our horses were well matched, / And with four steeds [for each], sleek and large, / [...] Cf. Shijing 179
The Master said, "The superior man is satisfied and composed; the mean man is always full of distress." [...] Cf. Lunyu 187
Wu Wang / Innocence (The Unexpected) / Under heaven thunder rolls: All things attain the natural state of [...] Cf. Yijing 25
The people are not frightened of death. What then is the use of trying to intimidate them with the death-penalty? / / [...] Cf. Daodejing 74
There are sobs when death is the cause of parting; / But life has its partings again and again. / ...From the [...] Cf. Tangshi 11
Hence the use of spies, of whom there are five classes: 1) Local spies; 2) inward spies; 3) converted spies; 4) doomed [...] Cf. Sunzi 241
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