Along the highway, / I hold you by the cuff. / Do not hate me ; – / Old intercourse should not be suddenly [...] Cf. Shijing 81
1. The Master said, "Riches and honors are what men desire. If it cannot be obtained in the proper way, they should not [...] Cf. Lunyu 71
Hsien / Influence (Wooing) / A lake on the mountain: The image of influence. Thus the superior man encourages people [...] Cf. Yijing 31
The people are not frightened of death. What then is the use of trying to intimidate them with the death-penalty? / / [...] Cf. Daodejing 74
After the shower at Bashang, / I see an evening line of wildgeese, / The limp-hanging leaves of a foreign tree, [...] Cf. Tangshi 162
On open ground, do not try to block the enemy's way. [...] Cf. Sunzi 190
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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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