Shoes thinly woven of the dolichos fibre, / May be used to walk on the hoarfrost. / The delicate fingers of a [...] Cf. Shijing 107
The Master instructing the Grand music master of Lü said, "How to play music may be known. At the commencement of the [...] Cf. Lunyu 63
Ts'ui / Gathering Together [Massing] / Over the earth, the lake: The image of GATHERING TOGETHER. Thus the superior [...] Cf. Yijing 45
Fine weapons are none the less ill-omened things. (people despise them, therefore, those in possession of the Tao do [...] Cf. Daodejing 31
My hair had hardly covered my forehead. / I was picking flowers, paying by my door, / When you, my lover, on a [...] Cf. Tangshi 43
Mountain forests, rugged steeps, marshes and fens–all country that is hard to traverse: this is difficult ground. [...] Cf. Sunzi 186
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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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