Alas for him, so handsome and accomplished ! / How grandly tall ! / With what elegance in his high forehead ! / [...] Cf. Shijing 106
The Master said, "The virtuous will be sure to speak correctly, but those whose speech is good may not always be [...] Cf. Lunyu 351
Hsien / Influence (Wooing) / A lake on the mountain: The image of influence. Thus the superior man encourages people [...] Cf. Yijing 31
He who by Tao purposes to help a ruler of men / Will oppose all conquest by force of arms; / For such things are wont [...] Cf. Daodejing 30
A slip of the moon hangs over the capital; / Ten thousand washing-mallets are pounding; / And the autumn wind [...] Cf. Tangshi 41
All men can see the tactics whereby I conquer, but what none can see is the strategy out of which victory is evolved. [...] Cf. Sunzi 90
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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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