Oh ! great wast thou, O king Wu, / Displaying the utmost strength in thy work. / Truly accomplished was king Wen, / [...] Cf. Shijing 285
Tsze-chang asked what constituted intelligence. The Master said, "He with whom neither slander that gradually soaks [...] Cf. Lunyu 299
Chi Chi / After Completion / Water over fire: the image of the condition In AFTER COMPLETION. Thus the superior [...] Cf. Yijing 63
Tao gave them birth; / The “power” of Tao reared them, / Shaped them according to their kinds, / Perfected them, giving [...] Cf. Daodejing 51
While the year sinks westward, I hear a cicada / Bid me to be resolute here in my cell, / Yet it needed the song [...] Cf. Tangshi 93
If asked how to cope with a great host of the enemy in orderly array and on the point of marching to the attack, I [...] Cf. Sunzi 194
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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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