Before the east was bright, / I was putting on my clothes upside down ; / I was putting them on upside down, / [...] Cf. Shijing 100
The Master standing by a stream, said, "It passes on just like this, not ceasing day or night!" [...] Cf. Lunyu 226
Yü / Enthusiasm / Thunder comes resounding out of the earth: The image of ENTHUSIASM. Thus the ancient kings made [...] Cf. Yijing 16
The Way is like an empty vessel / That yet may be drawn from / Without ever needing to be filled. / It is bottomless; [...] Cf. Daodejing 4
Too young to have learned what sorrow means, / Attired for spring, she climbs to her high chamber.... / The new [...] Cf. Tangshi 265
If soldiers are punished before they have grown attached to you, they will not prove submissive; and, unless [...] Cf. Sunzi 154
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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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