The two youths got into their boats, / Whose shadows floated about [on the water]. / I think longingly of [...] Cf. Shijing 44
The Master said, "A transmitter and not a maker, believing in and loving the ancients, I venture to compare myself with [...] Cf. Lunyu 151
Ko / Revolution (Molting) / Fire in the lake: the image of REVOLUTION. Thus the superior man Sets the calendar in [...] Cf. Yijing 49
The best charioteers do not rush ahead; / The best fighters do not make displays of wrath. / The greatest conqueror [...] Cf. Daodejing 68
Though our envoy, Su Wu, is gone, body and soul, / This temple survives, these trees endure.... / Wildgeese [...] Cf. Tangshi 220
Throw your soldiers into positions whence there is no escape, and they will prefer death to flight. If they will face [...] Cf. Sunzi 198
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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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