We broke our axes, / And we splintered our hatchets ; / But the object of the duke of Zhou, in marching to the [...] Cf. Shijing 157
Confucius said of the head of the Chî family, who had eight rows of pantomimes in his area, "If he can bear to do this, [...] Cf. Lunyu 41
Wei Chi / Before Completion / Fire over water: The image of the condition before transition. Thus the superior man is [...] Cf. Yijing 64
Heaven is eternal, the Earth everlasting. / How come they to be so? It is because they do not foster their own lives; / [...] Cf. Daodejing 7
By my old gate, among yellow grasses, / Still we linger, sick at heart. / The way you must follow through cold [...] Cf. Tangshi 145
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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