Strong and abundant grow the rushes ; / He discharges [but] one arrow at five wild boars. / Ah ! he is the [...] Cf. Shijing 25
The Master said, "I can find no flaw in the character of Yü. He used himself coarse food and drink, but displayed the [...] Cf. Lunyu 209
Wei Chi / Before Completion / Fire over water: The image of the condition before transition. Thus the superior man is [...] Cf. Yijing 64
When the ruler looks repressed the people will be happy and satisfied; / When the rule looks lively and self-assured [...] Cf. Daodejing 58
This night to the west of the river-brim / There is not one cloud in the whole blue sky, / As I watch from my [...] Cf. Tangshi 104
On hemmed-in ground, I would block any way of retreat. [...] Cf. Sunzi 213
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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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