The ordinances of Heaven, – / How deep are they and unintermitting ! / And oh ! how illustrious, / Was the [...] Cf. Shijing 267
The Master said, "There may be those who act without knowing why. I do not do so. Hearing much and selecting what is [...] Cf. Lunyu 178
Sung / Conflict / Heaven and water go their opposite ways: The image of CONFLICT. Thus in all his transactions the [...] Cf. Yijing 6
Those who know do not speak; / Those who speak do not know. / Black the passages, / Shut the doors, / Let all sharpness [...] Cf. Daodejing 56
News at this far western station! The north has been recaptured! / At first I cannot check the tears from pouring [...] Cf. Tangshi 185
To secure ourselves against defeat lies in our own hands, but the opportunity of defeating the enemy is provided by the [...] Cf. Sunzi 42
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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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