How lovely is the retiring girl ! / She was to await me at a corner of the wall. / Loving and not seeing [...] Cf. Shijing 42
1. Tsze-yû said, "The disciples and followers of Tsze-hsiâ, in sprinkling and sweeping the ground, in answering and [...] Cf. Lunyu 496
Ta Kuo / Preponderance of the Great / The lake rises above the trees: The image of PREPONDERANCE OF THE GREAT. Thus [...] Cf. Yijing 28
In Tao the only motion is returning; / The only useful quality, weakness. / For though all creatures under heaven are [...] Cf. Daodejing 40
The travellers' parting-song sounds in the dawn. / Last night a first frost came over the river; / And the [...] Cf. Tangshi 173
Hence those who use fire as an aid to the attack show intelligence; those who use water as an aid to the attack gain an [...] Cf. Sunzi 230
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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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