On the embankment are magpies' nests ; / On the height grows the beautiful pea. / Who has been imposing on the [...] Cf. Shijing 142
The Master said, "When a man is not in the habit of saying – 'What shall I think of this? What shall I think of this?' [...] Cf. Lunyu 407
Pi / Grace / Fire at the foot of the mountain: The image of GRACE. Thus does the superior man proceed When clearing up [...] Cf. Yijing 22
Heaven is eternal, the Earth everlasting. / How come they to be so? It is because they do not foster their own lives; / [...] Cf. Daodejing 7
My heart in middle age found the Way. / And I came to dwell at the foot of this mountain. / When the spirit [...] Cf. Tangshi 123
On hemmed-in ground, resort to stratagem. [...] Cf. Sunzi 192
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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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