In the low wet grouds is the carambola tree ; / Soft and pliant are its branches, / With the glossiness of tender [...] Cf. Shijing 148
Tsze-kung asked, saying, "On what ground did Kung-wan get that title of WAN?" The Master said, "He was of an active [...] Cf. Lunyu 107
T'ung Jên / Fellowship with Men / Heaven together with fire: The image of FELLOWSHIP WITH MEN. Thus the superior man [...] Cf. Yijing 13
It is because every one under Heaven recognizes beauty as beauty, that the idea of ugliness exists. / And equally if [...] Cf. Daodejing 2
The Three Kingdoms, divided, have been bound by his greatness. / The Eight-Sided Fortress is founded on his fame; [...] Cf. Tangshi 235
If a secret piece of news is divulged by a spy before the time is ripe, he must be put to death together with the man [...] Cf. Sunzi 250
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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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