At the gate to the tombs there are jujube trees ; – / They should be cut away with an axe. / That man is not [...] Cf. Shijing 141
The Master said to Tsze-hsiâ, "Do you be a scholar after the style of the superior man, and not after that of the mean [...] Cf. Lunyu 133
Sui / Following / Thunder in the middle of the lake: The image of FOLLOWING. Thus the superior man at [...] Cf. Yijing 17
Without leaving his door / He knows everything under heaven. / Without looking out of his window / He knows all the [...] Cf. Daodejing 47
When the moon has coloured half the house, / With the North Star at its height and the South Star setting, / I [...] Cf. Tangshi 275
When an army has penetrated into the heart of a hostile country, leaving a number of fortified cities in its rear, it [...] Cf. Sunzi 185
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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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