In the south rise the trees without branches, / Affording no shelter. / By the Han are girls rambling about, [...] Cf. Shijing 9
The Master said, "'It is according to the rules of propriety,' they say. – 'It is according to the rules of [...] Cf. Lunyu 458
Hsiao Ch'u / The Taming Power of the Small / The wind drives across heaven: The image of THE TAMING POWER OF THE [...] Cf. Yijing 9
What Tao plants cannot be plucked, / What Tao clasps, cannot slip. / By its virtue alone can one generation after [...] Cf. Daodejing 54
A bell in the mountain-temple sounds the coming of night. / I hear people at the fishing-town stumble aboard the [...] Cf. Tangshi 52
Therefore, just as water retains no constant shape, so in warfare there are no constant conditions. He who can modify [...] Cf. Sunzi 93
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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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