How lovely is the retiring girl ! / She was to await me at a corner of the wall. / Loving and not seeing [...] Cf. Shijing 42
The Master said, "T'âi-po may be said to have reached the highest point of virtuous action. Thrice he declined the [...] Cf. Lunyu 189
Hsü / Waiting (Nourishment) / Clouds rise up to heaven: The image of WAITING. Thus the superior man eats and [...] Cf. Yijing 5
In Tao the only motion is returning; / The only useful quality, weakness. / For though all creatures under heaven are [...] Cf. Daodejing 40
O General, descended from Wei's Emperor Wu, / You are nobler now than when a noble.... / Conquerors and their [...] Cf. Tangshi 61
While we keep away from such places, we should get the enemy to approach them; while we face them, we should let the [...] Cf. Sunzi 140
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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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