Let us gather the thorn-ferns, let us gather the thorn-ferns ; / The thorn-ferns are now springing up. / When shall [...] Cf. Shijing 167
The Master said of Ching, a scion of the ducal family of Wei, that he knew the economy of a family well. When he began [...] Cf. Lunyu 325
Kuai / Break-through (Resoluteness) / The lake has risen up to heaven: The image of BREAK-THROUGH. Thus the superior [...] Cf. Yijing 43
It was when the Great Way declined / That human kindness and morality arose; / It was when intelligence and knowledge [...] Cf. Daodejing 18
From the walls of Baidi high in the coloured dawn / To Jiangling by night-fall is three hundred miles, / Yet [...] Cf. Tangshi 269
The sight of men whispering together in small knots or speaking in subdued tones points to disaffection amongst the [...] Cf. Sunzi 149
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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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