Profoundly wise were [the lords of] Shang, / And long had there appeared the omens [of their dignity ]. / When the [...] Cf. Shijing 304
Tsze-kung said, "The faults of the superior man are like the eclipses of the sun and moon. He has his faults, and all [...] Cf. Lunyu 505
Hsien / Influence (Wooing) / A lake on the mountain: The image of influence. Thus the superior man encourages people [...] Cf. Yijing 31
What is in the end to be shrunk / Must first be stretched. / Whatever is to be weakened / Must begin by being made [...] Cf. Daodejing 36
Along the wall of the Capital a white-headed crow / Flies to the Gate where Autumn Enters and screams there in the [...] Cf. Tangshi 89
Numerical weakness comes from having to prepare against possible attacks; numerical strength, from compelling our [...] Cf. Sunzi 82
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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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