If you, Sir, think kindly of me, / I will hold up my lower garments, and cross the Zhen. / If you do not think of [...] Cf. Shijing 87
The Master said, "In ancient times, men learned with a view to their own improvement. Nowadays, men learn with a view [...] Cf. Lunyu 371
K'uei / Opposition / Above, fire; below. The lake. The image of OPPOSITION. Thus amid all fellowship The superior man [...] Cf. Yijing 38
In the days of old those who practiced Tao with success did not, by means of it, enlighten the people, but on the [...] Cf. Daodejing 65
A light wind is rippling at the grassy shore.... / Through the night, to my motionless tall mast, / The stars [...] Cf. Tangshi 113
If, however, you are indulgent, but unable to make your authority felt; kind-hearted, but unable to enforce your [...] Cf. Sunzi 173
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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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