Lofty is that southern hill, / With its masses of rocks ! / Awe-inspiring are you, O [Grand] master Yin, / And [...] Cf. Shijing 191
The Master said, "He who speaks without modesty will find it difficult to make his words good." [...] Cf. Lunyu 367
Chi Chi / After Completion / Water over fire: the image of the condition In AFTER COMPLETION. Thus the superior [...] Cf. Yijing 63
Nothing under heaven is softer or more yielding than water; but when it attacks things hard and resistant there is not [...] Cf. Daodejing 78
On a part of a spear still unrusted in the sand / I have burnished the symbol of an ancient kingdom.... / [...] Cf. Tangshi 290
Sun Tzu said: Raising a host of a hundred thousand men and marching them great distances entails heavy loss on the [...] Cf. Sunzi 237
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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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