Shoes thinly woven of the dolichos fibre, / May be used to walk on the hoarfrost. / The delicate fingers of a [...] Cf. Shijing 107
When the Master was unoccupied with business, his manner was easy, and he looked pleased. [...] Cf. Lunyu 154
Po / Splitting Apart / The mountain rests on the earth: The image of SPLITTING APART. Thus those above can ensure [...] Cf. Yijing 23
Heaven is eternal, the Earth everlasting. / How come they to be so? It is because they do not foster their own lives; / [...] Cf. Daodejing 7
Beside the Temple of the Great Premier stands an ancient cypress / With a trunk of green bronze and a root of [...] Cf. Tangshi 63
Sun Tzu said: Whoever is first in the field and awaits the coming of the enemy, will be fresh for the fight; whoever is [...] Cf. Sunzi 74
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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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