Amidst the fretted waters, / The white rocks stand up grandly. / Bringing a robe of white silk, with a vermillion [...] Cf. Shijing 116
The Master said, "Extravagance leads to insubordination, and parsimony to meanness. It is better to be mean than to be [...] Cf. Lunyu 186
Chung Fu / Inner Truth / Wind over lake: the image of INNER TRUTH. Thus the superior man discusses criminal cases In [...] Cf. Yijing 61
Given a small country with few inhabitants, he could bring it about that through there should be among the people [...] Cf. Daodejing 80
You are gone. The river is high at my door. / Cicadas are mute on dew-laden boughs. / This is a moment when [...] Cf. Tangshi 159
Prohibit the taking of omens, and do away with superstitious doubts. Then, until death itself comes, no calamity need [...] Cf. Sunzi 200
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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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