How vast is God, / The ruler of men below ! / How arrayed in terrors is God, / With many things irregular in His [...] Cf. Shijing 255
The Master said, "The superior man is affable, but not adulatory; the mean man is adulatory, but not affable." [...] Cf. Lunyu 340
Chien / Obstruction / Water on the mountain: The image of OBSTRUCTION. Thus the superior man turns his attention to [...] Cf. Yijing 39
It was when the Great Way declined / That human kindness and morality arose; / It was when intelligence and knowledge [...] Cf. Daodejing 18
In gala robes she comes down from her chamber / Into her courtyard, enclosure of spring.... / When she tries [...] Cf. Tangshi 281
We can form a single united body, while the enemy must split up into fractions. Hence there will be a whole pitted [...] Cf. Sunzi 80
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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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