Full and good looking was the gentleman, / Who waited for me in the lane ! / I repent that I did not go with him. / [...] Cf. Shijing 88
Chî K'ang asked about Chung-yû, whether he was fit to be employed as an officer of government. The Master said, "Yû is [...] Cf. Lunyu 128
Ming I / Darkening of the Light / The light has sunk into the earth: The image of DARKENING OF THE LIGHT. Thus does [...] Cf. Yijing 36
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
With twilight shadows in my heart / I have driven up among the Leyou Tombs / To see the sun, for all his glory, [...] Cf. Tangshi 248
Ground which can be abandoned but is hard to re-occupy is called ENTANGLING. From a position of this sort, if the [...] Cf. Sunzi 157
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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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