O owl, O owl, / You have taken my young ones ; – / Do not [also] destroy my nest. / With love and with toil, / [...] Cf. Shijing 155
Confucius said, "The superior man has nine things which are subjects with him of thoughtful consideration. In regard to [...] Cf. Lunyu 443
Lü / Treading [Conduct] / Heaven above, the lake below: The image of TREADING. Thus the superior man discriminates [...] Cf. Yijing 10
He who by Tao purposes to help a ruler of men / Will oppose all conquest by force of arms; / For such things are wont [...] Cf. Daodejing 30
Finches flash yellow through the Imperial Grove / Of the Forbidden City, pale with spring dawn; / Flowers [...] Cf. Tangshi 198
On contentious ground, I would hurry up my rear. [...] Cf. Sunzi 210
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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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