The peach tree is young and elegant ; / Brilliant are its flowers. / This young lady is going to her future [...] Cf. Shijing 6
1. The Master said, "Without recognizing the ordinances of Heaven, it is impossible to be a superior man. / 2. "Without [...] Cf. Lunyu 512
Chin / Progress / The sun rises over the earth: The image of PROGRESS. Thus the superior man himself Brightens his [...] Cf. Yijing 35
“To remain whole, be twisted!” / To become straight, let yourself be bent. / To become full, be hollow. / Be tattered, [...] Cf. Daodejing 22
Last night my girdle came undone, / And this morning a luck-beetle flew over my bed. / So here are my paints [...] Cf. Tangshi 243
The skillful soldier does not raise a second levy, neither are his supply-wagons loaded more than twice. [...] Cf. Sunzi 18
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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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