I have brought my offerings, / A ram and a bull. / May Heaven accept them ! / I imitate and follow and observe [...] Cf. Shijing 272
The Master said, "The superior man does not promote a man simply on account of his words, nor does he put aside good [...] Cf. Lunyu 414
Mêng / Youthful Folly / A spring wells up at the foot of the mountain: The image of YOUTH. Thus the superior man [...] Cf. Yijing 4
“To remain whole, be twisted!” / To become straight, let yourself be bent. / To become full, be hollow. / Be tattered, [...] Cf. Daodejing 22
Lying on a high seat in the south study, / We have lifted the curtain-and we see the rising moon / Brighten [...] Cf. Tangshi 21
You may advance and be absolutely irresistible, if you make for the enemy's weak points; you may retire and be safe [...] Cf. Sunzi 79
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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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