That artful boy ! / He will not speak with me ! / But for the sake of you, Sir, / Shall I make myself unable to [...] Cf. Shijing 86
Tsze-kung asked about the practice of virtue. The Master said, "The mechanic, who wishes to do his work well, must [...] Cf. Lunyu 401
Sun / The Gentle (The Penetrating, Wind) / Winds following one upon the other: The image of THE GENTLY [...] Cf. Yijing 57
Such the scope of the All-pervading Power. / That it alone can act through the Way. / For the Way is a thing [...] Cf. Daodejing 21
They sing, they drain their cups of jade, / They strum on horseback their guitars. / ...Why laugh when they [...] Cf. Tangshi 267
To begin by bluster, but afterwards to take fright at the enemy's numbers, shows a supreme lack of intelligence. [...] Cf. Sunzi 151
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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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