O accomplished Hou-ji, / Thou didst prove thyself the correlate of Heaven ; / Thou didst give grain-food to our [...] Cf. Shijing 275
The Master said, "A horse is called a ch'î, not because of its strength, but because of its other good qualities." [...] Cf. Lunyu 380
K'uei / Opposition / Above, fire; below. The lake. The image of OPPOSITION. Thus amid all fellowship The superior man [...] Cf. Yijing 38
Stretch a bow to the very full, / And you will wish you had stopped in time; / Temper a sword-edge to its very [...] Cf. Daodejing 9
Furling my sail near the town of Huai, / I find for harbour a little cove / Where a sudden breeze whips up the [...] Cf. Tangshi 31
Hence the saying: If you know the enemy and know yourself, your victory will not stand in doubt; if you know Heaven and [...] Cf. Sunzi 178
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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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