How goes the night ? / It is not yet midnight. / The torch is blazing in the court-yard. / My princely men are [...] Cf. Shijing 182
The Master said, "While a man's father is alive, look at the bent of his will; when his father is dead, look at his [...] Cf. Lunyu 11
Yü / Enthusiasm / Thunder comes resounding out of the earth: The image of ENTHUSIASM. Thus the ancient kings made [...] Cf. Yijing 16
Fine weapons are none the less ill-omened things. (people despise them, therefore, those in possession of the Tao do [...] Cf. Daodejing 31
Snow is white on the westward mountains and on three fortified towns, / And waters in this southern lake flash on [...] Cf. Tangshi 184
Hence those who use fire as an aid to the attack show intelligence; those who use water as an aid to the attack gain an [...] Cf. Sunzi 230
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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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