The gourd has [still] its bitter leaves, / And the crossing at the ford is deep. / If deep, I will go [...] Cf. Shijing 34
The Master said, "A scholar, whose mind is set on truth, and who is ashamed of bad clothes and bad food, is not fit to [...] Cf. Lunyu 75
Ch'ien / Modesty / Within the earth, a mountain: The image of MODESTY. Thus the superior man reduces that which is [...] Cf. Yijing 15
The people starve because those above them eat too much tax-grain. That is the only reason why they starve. / / The [...] Cf. Daodejing 75
At a little grass-hut in the valley of the river, / Where a cloud seems born from a viney wall, / You will love [...] Cf. Tangshi 139
There is a proper season for making attacks with fire, and special days for starting a conflagration. [...] Cf. Sunzi 224
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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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