Dropping are the fruits from the plum-tree ; / There are [but] seven [tenths] of them left ! / For the [...] Cf. Shijing 20
The Master said, "Of all people, girls and servants are the most difficult to behave to. If you are familiar with them, [...] Cf. Lunyu 472
Wu Wang / Innocence (The Unexpected) / Under heaven thunder rolls: All things attain the natural state of [...] Cf. Yijing 25
To understand others is to have knowledge; / To understand oneself is to be illumined. / To conquer others needs [...] Cf. Daodejing 33
She is slim and supple and not yet fourteen, / The young spring-tip of a cardamon-spray. / On the Yangzhou Road [...] Cf. Tangshi 295
We cannot enter into alliances until we are acquainted with the designs of our neighbors. [...] Cf. Sunzi 102
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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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