If you, Sir, think kindly of me, / I will hold up my lower garments, and cross the Zhen. / If you do not think of [...] Cf. Shijing 87
The wife of the prince of a state is called by him Fû Zan. She calls herself Hsiâo T'ung. The people of the state call [...] Cf. Lunyu 447
Ko / Revolution (Molting) / Fire in the lake: the image of REVOLUTION. Thus the superior man Sets the calendar in [...] Cf. Yijing 49
Push far enough towards the Void, / Hold fast enough to Quietness, / And of the ten thousand things none but can be [...] Cf. Daodejing 16
Her candle-light is silvery on her chill bright screen. / Her little silk fan is for fireflies.... / She lies [...] Cf. Tangshi 294
Rouse him, and learn the principle of his activity or inactivity. Force him to reveal himself, so as to find out his [...] Cf. Sunzi 86
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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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