How shall it be said that you have no clothes ? / I will share my long robes with you. / The king is raising his [...] Cf. Shijing 133
Chî K'ang, distressed about the number of thieves in the state, inquired of Confucius how to do away with them. [...] Cf. Lunyu 311
Hsü / Waiting (Nourishment) / Clouds rise up to heaven: The image of WAITING. Thus the superior man eats and [...] Cf. Yijing 5
A large kingdom must be like the low ground towards which all streams flows down. It must be a point towards which all [...] Cf. Daodejing 61
The woods have stored the rain, and slow comes the smoke / As rice is cooked on faggots and carried to the fields; [...] Cf. Tangshi 180
To see victory only when it is within the ken of the common herd is not the acme of excellence. [...] Cf. Sunzi 47
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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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