Solitary stands the russet pear tree, / With its fruit so bright. / The king's business must not be slackly [...] Cf. Shijing 169
The disciples of Tsze-hsiâ asked Tsze-chang about the principles that should characterize mutual intercourse. [...] Cf. Lunyu 487
Hsien / Influence (Wooing) / A lake on the mountain: The image of influence. Thus the superior man encourages people [...] Cf. Yijing 31
The strategists have the sayings: “When you doubt your ability to meet the enemy's attack, take the offensive [...] Cf. Daodejing 69
Only to wanderers can come / Ever new the shock of beauty, / Of white cloud and red cloud dawning from the sea, [...] Cf. Tangshi 94
We may take it then that an army without its baggage- train is lost; without provisions it is lost; without bases of [...] Cf. Sunzi 101
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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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