The noble visitor ! The noble visitor ! / Drawn like his ancestors by white horses ! / The revered and dignified, / [...] Cf. Shijing 284
1. Yen Yüan asked about perfect virtue. The Master said, "To subdue one's self and return to propriety, is perfect [...] Cf. Lunyu 294
Shih Ho / Biting Through / Thunder and lighting: The image of BITING THROUGH. Thus the kings of former times made firm [...] Cf. Yijing 21
How did the great rivers and seas get their kingship over the hundred lesser streams? / Through the merit of being [...] Cf. Daodejing 66
Though a bugle breaks the crystal air of autumn, / Soldiers, in the look-out, watch at ease today / The spring [...] Cf. Tangshi 164
Hence, though an obstinate fight may be made by a small force, in the end it must be captured by the larger force. [...] Cf. Sunzi 32
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