There are the branches of the sparrow-gourd ; – / There is that lad, with the spike at his girdle. / Though he [...] Cf. Shijing 60
The Master said, "Extravagance leads to insubordination, and parsimony to meanness. It is better to be mean than to be [...] Cf. Lunyu 186
Ting / The Caldron / Fire over wood: The image of THE CALDRON. Thus the superior man consolidates his fate By [...] Cf. Yijing 50
In Tao the only motion is returning; / The only useful quality, weakness. / For though all creatures under heaven are [...] Cf. Daodejing 40
Beside the Temple of the Great Premier stands an ancient cypress / With a trunk of green bronze and a root of [...] Cf. Tangshi 63
1) When fire breaks out inside to enemy's camp, respond at once with an attack from without. 2) If there is an [...] Cf. Sunzi 227
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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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