How great is that luxuriance, / Those flowers of the sparrow-plum ! / Are they not expressive of reverence [...] Cf. Shijing 24
The border warden at I requested to be introduced to the Master, saying, "When men of superior virtue have come to [...] Cf. Lunyu 64
Hsiao Kuo / Preponderance of the Small / Thunder on the mountain: The image of PREPONDERANCE OF THE SMALL. Thus in his [...] Cf. Yijing 62
My words are very easy to understand and very easy to put into practice. Yet no one under heaven understands them; no [...] Cf. Daodejing 70
Her jade-white staircase is cold with dew; / Her silk soles are wet, she lingered there so long.... / Behind [...] Cf. Tangshi 255
In all fighting, the direct method may be used for joining battle, but indirect methods will be needed in order to [...] Cf. Sunzi 61
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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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