Amidst the fretted waters, / The white rocks stand up grandly. / Bringing a robe of white silk, with a vermillion [...] Cf. Shijing 116
The chief of the Mang family having appointed Yang Fû to be chief criminal judge, the latter consulted the philosopher [...] Cf. Lunyu 503
Chieh / Limitation / Water over lake: the image of LIMITATION. Thus the superior man Creates number and [...] Cf. Yijing 60
Great Tao is like a boat that drifts; / It can go this way; it can go that. / The ten thousand creatures owe their [...] Cf. Daodejing 34
The hermit in his lone abode / Nurses his thoughts cleansed of care, / Them he projects to the wild goose / [...] Cf. Tangshi 3
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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