Let me be reverent, let me be reverent, [in attending to my duties] ; / [The way of] Heaven is evident, / And its [...] Cf. Shijing 288
1. Tsze-lû asked what constituted a COMPLETE man. The Master said, "Suppose a man with the knowledge of Tsang Wû-chung, [...] Cf. Lunyu 359
Chin / Progress / The sun rises over the earth: The image of PROGRESS. Thus the superior man himself Brightens his [...] Cf. Yijing 35
Perfect activity leaves no track behind it; / Perfect speech is like a jade-worker whose tool leaves no mark. / The [...] Cf. Daodejing 27
There is only one Carved-Cloud, exquisite always- / Yet she dreads the spring, blowing cold in the palace, / [...] Cf. Tangshi 300
Hence the enlightened ruler is heedful, and the good general full of caution. This is the way to keep a country at [...] Cf. Sunzi 236
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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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