O owl, O owl, / You have taken my young ones ; – / Do not [also] destroy my nest. / With love and with toil, / [...] Cf. Shijing 155
1. The Duke Ting asked whether there was a single sentence which could make a country prosperous. Confucius replied, [...] Cf. Lunyu 332
Pi / Grace / Fire at the foot of the mountain: The image of GRACE. Thus does the superior man proceed When clearing up [...] Cf. Yijing 22
Never mind if the people are not intimidated by your authority. A Mightier Authority will deal with them in the end. Do [...] Cf. Daodejing 72
This constellation, with its seven high stars, / Is Ge Shu lifting his sword in the night: / And no more [...] Cf. Tangshi 252
Success in warfare is gained by carefully accommodating ourselves to the enemy's purpose. This is called ability to [...] Cf. Sunzi 218
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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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