All the morning I gather the king-grass, / And do not collect enough to fill my hands. / My hair is in a wisp ; – [...] Cf. Shijing 226
The Master said, "The rude tribes of the east and north have their princes, and are not like the States of our great [...] Cf. Lunyu 45
Ching / The Well / Water over wood: the image of THE WELL. Thus the superior man encourages the people at their [...] Cf. Yijing 48
The Sage has no heart of his own; / He uses the heart of the people as his heart. / Of the good man I approve, / But of [...] Cf. Daodejing 49
What shall I say of the Great Peak? – / The ancient dukedoms are everywhere green, / Inspired and stirred by [...] Cf. Tangshi 8
If you set a fully equipped army in march in order to snatch an advantage, the chances are that you will be too late. [...] Cf. Sunzi 98
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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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