Hear the roll of our drums ! / See how we leap about, using our weapons ! / Those do the fieldwork in the [...] Cf. Shijing 31
1. Yen Yû said, "Is our Master for the ruler of Wei?" Tsze-kung said, "Oh! I will ask him." / 2. He went in [...] Cf. Lunyu 165
Yü / Enthusiasm / Thunder comes resounding out of the earth: The image of ENTHUSIASM. Thus the ancient kings made [...] Cf. Yijing 16
Stretch a bow to the very full, / And you will wish you had stopped in time; / Temper a sword-edge to its very [...] Cf. Daodejing 9
China's Emperor, craving beauty that might shake an empire, / Was on the throne for many years, searching, never [...] Cf. Tangshi 71
When you come to a hill or a bank, occupy the sunny side, with the slope on your right rear. Thus you will at once act [...] Cf. Sunzi 137
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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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