We broke our axes, / And we splintered our hatchets ; / But the object of the duke of Zhou, in marching to the [...] Cf. Shijing 157
The Master said, "He who exercises government by means of his virtue may be compared to the north polar star, which [...] Cf. Lunyu 17
Li / The Clinging, Fire / That which is bright rises twice: The image of FIRE. Thus the great man, by perpetuating [...] Cf. Yijing 30
Learning consists in adding to one's stock day by day; / The practice of Tao consists in “subtracting day by day, / [...] Cf. Daodejing 48
I had so long been troubled by official hat and robe / That I am glad to be an exile here in this wild southland. [...] Cf. Tangshi 35
If we know that the enemy is open to attack, but are unaware that our own men are not in a condition to attack, we have [...] Cf. Sunzi 175
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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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