O accomplished Hou-ji, / Thou didst prove thyself the correlate of Heaven ; / Thou didst give grain-food to our [...] Cf. Shijing 275
The Master said, "The faults of men are characteristic of the class to which they belong. By observing a man's faults, [...] Cf. Lunyu 73
Ku / Work on What Has Been Spoiled [Decay] / The wind blows low on the mountain: The image of DECAY. Thus the [...] Cf. Yijing 18
What is most perfect seems to have something missing; / Yet its use is unimpaired. / What is most full seems empty; / [...] Cf. Daodejing 45
On the third day, taking my place to cook, / Washing my hands to make the bridal soup, / I decide that not my [...] Cf. Tangshi 242
All men can see the tactics whereby I conquer, but what none can see is the strategy out of which victory is evolved. [...] Cf. Sunzi 90
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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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