They appeared before their sovereign king, / To seek from him the rules [they were to observe]. / With their [...] Cf. Shijing 283
1. The Master said, "What has the lute of Yû to do in my door?" / 2. The other disciples began not to respect Tsze-lû. [...] Cf. Lunyu 282
Lü / Treading [Conduct] / Heaven above, the lake below: The image of TREADING. Thus the superior man discriminates [...] Cf. Yijing 10
Of old those that were the best officers of Court / Had inner natures subtle, abstruse, mysterious, penetrating, / Too [...] Cf. Daodejing 15
Throughout this dynasty no one had painted horses / Like the master-spirit, Prince Jiangdu – / And then to [...] Cf. Tangshi 60
The direct and the indirect lead on to each other in turn. It is like moving in a circle - you never come to an end. [...] Cf. Sunzi 63
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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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