Before the east was bright, / I was putting on my clothes upside down ; / I was putting them on upside down, / [...] Cf. Shijing 100
The Master said, "The superior man is catholic and not partisan. The mean man is partisan and not catholic." [...] Cf. Lunyu 30
Kou / Coming to Meet / Under heaven, wind: The image of COMING TO MEET. Thus does the prince act when disseminating [...] Cf. Yijing 44
Banish wisdom, discard knowledge, / And the people will be benefited a hundredfold. / Banish human kindness, discard [...] Cf. Daodejing 19
There is only one Carved-Cloud, exquisite always- / Yet she dreads the spring, blowing cold in the palace, / [...] Cf. Tangshi 300
Hence a wise general makes a point of foraging on the enemy. One cartload of the enemy's provisions is equivalent to [...] Cf. Sunzi 21
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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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