A few elegant lines, / May be made out to be shell-embroidery. / Those slanderers, / Have gone to great excess. / [...] Cf. Shijing 200
The Master said, "The study of strange doctrines is injurious indeed!" [...] Cf. Lunyu 32
Ching / The Well / Water over wood: the image of THE WELL. Thus the superior man encourages the people at their [...] Cf. Yijing 48
When the ruler looks repressed the people will be happy and satisfied; / When the rule looks lively and self-assured [...] Cf. Daodejing 58
The way is broad like the blue sky, / But no way out before my eye. / I am ashamed to follow those who have no [...] Cf. Tangshi 83
Do not repeat the tactics which have gained you one victory, but let your methods be regulated by the infinite variety [...] Cf. Sunzi 91
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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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