Profoundly wise were [the lords of] Shang, / And long had there appeared the omens [of their dignity ]. / When the [...] Cf. Shijing 304
There were four things which the Master taught, – letters, ethics, devotion of soul, and truthfulness. [...] Cf. Lunyu 175
Chên / The Arousing (Shock, Thunder) / Thunder repeated: the image of SHOCK. Thus in fear and trembling The superior [...] Cf. Yijing 51
The strategists have the sayings: “When you doubt your ability to meet the enemy's attack, take the offensive [...] Cf. Daodejing 69
The woods have stored the rain, and slow comes the smoke / As rice is cooked on faggots and carried to the fields; [...] Cf. Tangshi 180
If the enemy's troops march up angrily and remain facing ours for a long time without either joining battle or taking [...] Cf. Sunzi 152
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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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