Look at the foot of the Han, / How abundantly grow the hazel and the arrow-thorn ! / Easy and self-possessed was [...] Cf. Shijing 239
Shû-sun Wû-shû having spoken revilingly of Chung-nî, Tsze-kung said, "It is of no use doing so. Chung-nî cannot be [...] Cf. Lunyu 508
Sui / Following / Thunder in the middle of the lake: The image of FOLLOWING. Thus the superior man at [...] Cf. Yijing 17
'He who stands on tip-toe, does not stand firm; / He who takes the longest strides, does not walk the fastest.” / He [...] Cf. Daodejing 24
Bamboo from the southern hills was used to make this pipe. / And its music, that was introduced from Persia first [...] Cf. Tangshi 51
To be near the goal while the enemy is still far from it, to wait at ease while the enemy is toiling and struggling, to [...] Cf. Sunzi 118
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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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