The Lake Rises Above The Trees: The Image Of Preponderance Of The Great.
The lake rises above the trees:
The image of Preponderance of the Great.
Thus the superior man, when he stands alone,
And if he has to renounce the world,
He is undaunted.
Thunder on the mountain: The image of Preponderance of the Small.
Thus in his conduct the superior man gives preponderance to reverence....
Wind and thunder: the image of Increase. Thus the superior ma
If he sees good, he imitates it; If he has faults, he rids himself of them....
The light has sunk into the earth: The image of Darkening of the Light.
Thus does the superior man live with the great mass: He veils his light, yet still shines....
Above fire; below, the lake: The image of Opposition.
Thus amid all fellowship The superior man retains his individuality....
The strongest man in the world is he who stands alone. -- Henrik Ibse
The earth above the lake: The image of Approach. Thus the superior man is inexhaustible In his will to teach, And without limits In his tolerance and protection of the people.
That which is bright rises twice: The image of Fire.
Thus the great man, by perpetuating this brightness, Illumines the four quarters of the world....
The lake has risen up to heaven: The image of Break-through.
Thus the superior man Dispenses riches downward And refrains from resting on his virtue....
A spring wells up at the foot of the mountain: The image of Youth.
Thus the superior man fosters his character By thoroughness in all that he does....