Clear, and to be preserved bright, / Are the statutes of king Wen. / From the first sacrifice [to him], / Till [...] Cf. Shijing 268
The Master said, "Though a man have abilities as admirable as those of the duke of Châu, yet if he be proud and [...] Cf. Lunyu 199
K'uei / Opposition / Above, fire; below. The lake. The image of OPPOSITION. Thus amid all fellowship The superior man [...] Cf. Yijing 38
How did the great rivers and seas get their kingship over the hundred lesser streams? / Through the merit of being [...] Cf. Daodejing 66
I petition no more at the north palace-gate. / ...To this tumble-down hut on Zhongnan Mountain / I was banished [...] Cf. Tangshi 127
When the position is such that neither side will gain by making the first move, it is called TEMPORIZING ground. it [...] Cf. Sunzi 158
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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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