The angry terrors of Compassionate Heaven, / Extend through this lower world ; / [The king's] counsels and plans [...] Cf. Shijing 195
The Master said, "The superior man does not promote a man simply on account of his words, nor does he put aside good [...] Cf. Lunyu 414
Wu Wang / Innocence (The Unexpected) / Under heaven thunder rolls: All things attain the natural state of [...] Cf. Yijing 25
To understand others is to have knowledge; / To understand oneself is to be illumined. / To conquer others needs [...] Cf. Daodejing 33
Knowing beauty my misfortune, / I face my mirror with a sigh. / To please a fastidious emperor, / How shall [...] Cf. Tangshi 167
Unhappy is the fate of one who tries to win his battles and succeed in his attacks without cultivating the spirit of [...] Cf. Sunzi 231
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Why read Confucius, Lao-tse or the Book of Changes? Well, these Chinese classics have had a major influence on the oldest civilization still in existence on the face of this planet; that should be enough. If not, please consider that China, mostly as a distant mirror where hopes and fears are reflected, has exercised a profound impact on the thinking patterns of Western civilisations, and will. This article in the Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy explains things better.
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