Well loaded with millet were the dishes, / And long and curved were spoons of thorn-wood. / The way to Zhou was [...] Cf. Shijing 203
The Master said, "'It is according to the rules of propriety,' they say. – 'It is according to the rules of [...] Cf. Lunyu 458
Li / The Clinging, Fire / That which is bright rises twice: The image of FIRE. Thus the great man, by perpetuating [...] Cf. Yijing 30
'He who stands on tip-toe, does not stand firm; / He who takes the longest strides, does not walk the fastest.” / He [...] Cf. Daodejing 24
It's a long way home, a long way east. / I am old and my sleeve is wet with tears. / We meet on horseback. I [...] Cf. Tangshi 270
The spot where we intend to fight must not be made known; for then the enemy will have to prepare against a possible [...] Cf. Sunzi 81
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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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