Great and wide Heaven, / How is it you have contracted your kindness, / Sending down death and famine, / [...] Cf. Shijing 194
The Master said, "Since I cannot get men pursuing the due medium, to whom I might communicate my instructions, I must [...] Cf. Lunyu 338
Wei Chi / Before Completion / Fire over water: The image of the condition before transition. Thus the superior man is [...] Cf. Yijing 64
When the ruler looks repressed the people will be happy and satisfied; / When the rule looks lively and self-assured [...] Cf. Daodejing 58
Phoenixes that played here once, so that the place was named for them, / Have abandoned it now to this desolate [...] Cf. Tangshi 175
While we keep away from such places, we should get the enemy to approach them; while we face them, we should let the [...] Cf. Sunzi 140
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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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