My husband looks full of satisfaction. / In his left hand he holds his reed-organ, / And with his right he calls [...] Cf. Shijing 67
The Master instructing the Grand music master of Lü said, "How to play music may be known. At the commencement of the [...] Cf. Lunyu 63
Hsiao Kuo / Preponderance of the Small / Thunder on the mountain: The image of PREPONDERANCE OF THE SMALL. Thus in his [...] Cf. Yijing 62
Those that would gain what is under heaven by tampering with it - I have seen that they do not succeed. / For that [...] Cf. Daodejing 29
"Yes, I live here, by the river; / I have sailed on it many and many a time. / Both of us born in Changgan, you [...] Cf. Tangshi 254
To secure ourselves against defeat lies in our own hands, but the opportunity of defeating the enemy is provided by the [...] Cf. Sunzi 42
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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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