Ah ! Ah ! ministers and officers, / Reverently attend to your public duties. / The king has given you perfect rules [...] Cf. Shijing 276
When Yen Yüan died, the Master said, "Alas! Heaven is destroying me! Heaven is destroying me!" [...] Cf. Lunyu 276
Sui / Following / Thunder in the middle of the lake: The image of FOLLOWING. Thus the superior man at [...] Cf. Yijing 17
To be always talks is against nature. / / For the same reason a hurricane never lasts a whole morning, nor a rainstorm [...] Cf. Daodejing 23
The monk from Shu with his green silk lute-case, / Walking west down Omei Mountain, / Has brought me by one [...] Cf. Tangshi 103
The art of war, then, is governed by five constant factors, to be taken into account in one's deliberations, when [...] Cf. Sunzi 2
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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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