Solitary stands the russet pear tree, / With its fruit so bright. / The king's business must not be slackly [...] Cf. Shijing 169
The Master said, "The firm, the enduring, the simple, and the modest are near to virtue." [...] Cf. Lunyu 344
Chieh / Limitation / Water over lake: the image of LIMITATION. Thus the superior man Creates number and [...] Cf. Yijing 60
Banish wisdom, discard knowledge, / And the people will be benefited a hundredfold. / Banish human kindness, discard [...] Cf. Daodejing 19
The mountains are cold and blue now / And the autumn waters have run all day. / By my thatch door, leaning on [...] Cf. Tangshi 115
Regard your soldiers as your children, and they will follow you into the deepest valleys; look upon them as your own [...] Cf. Sunzi 172
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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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