Pure and reverent was Da-ren, / The mother of king Wen ; / Loving was she to Zhou Jiang ; – / A wife becoming [...] Cf. Shijing 240
1. Tsze-kung asked about government. The Master said, "The requisites of government are that there be sufficiency of [...] Cf. Lunyu 300
Chien / Obstruction / Water on the mountain: The image of OBSTRUCTION. Thus the superior man turns his attention to [...] Cf. Yijing 39
The fives colours confuse the eye, / The fives sounds dull the ear, / The five tastes spoil the palate. / Excess of [...] Cf. Daodejing 12
O Master, how did the world repay / Your life of long solicitude? – / The Lords of Zou have misprized your [...] Cf. Tangshi 90
If we know that the enemy is open to attack, but are unaware that our own men are not in a condition to attack, we have [...] Cf. Sunzi 175
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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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