Great and wide Heaven, / How is it you have contracted your kindness, / Sending down death and famine, / [...] Cf. Shijing 194
The Master said, "If a man in the morning hear the right way, he may die in the evening without regret." [...] Cf. Lunyu 74
Sun / Decrease / At the foot of the mountain, the lake: The image of DECREASE. Thus the superior man controls his [...] Cf. Yijing 41
Banish wisdom, discard knowledge, / And the people will be benefited a hundredfold. / Banish human kindness, discard [...] Cf. Daodejing 19
Forlorn in the northeast among wind and dust, / Drifting in the southwest between heaven and earth, / Lingering [...] Cf. Tangshi 190
When he has penetrated into hostile territory, but to no great distance, it is facile ground. [...] Cf. Sunzi 181
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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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