The illustration of illustrious [virtue] is required below, / And the dread majesty is on high. / Heaven is not [...] Cf. Shijing 236
The Master said, "Man is born for uprightness. If a man lose his uprightness, and yet live, his escape from death is [...] Cf. Lunyu 139
Mêng / Youthful Folly / A spring wells up at the foot of the mountain: The image of YOUTH. Thus the superior man [...] Cf. Yijing 4
Given a small country with few inhabitants, he could bring it about that through there should be among the people [...] Cf. Daodejing 80
How gladly I would seek a mountain / If I had enough means to live as a recluse! / For I turn at last from [...] Cf. Tangshi 129
These are the five besetting sins of a general, ruinous to the conduct of war. When an army is overthrown and its [...] Cf. Sunzi 130
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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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