[Those] lamb-skins and sheep-skins, / With their five braidings of white silk ! / They have retired from the [...] Cf. Shijing 18
The Master said, "'It is according to the rules of propriety,' they say. – 'It is according to the rules of [...] Cf. Lunyu 458
Ta Kuo / Preponderance of the Great / The lake rises above the trees: The image of PREPONDERANCE OF THE GREAT. Thus [...] Cf. Yijing 28
True words are not fine-sounding; / Fine-sounding words are not true. / The good man does not prove by argument; / The [...] Cf. Daodejing 81
I was bidding a guest farewell, at night on the Xunyang River, / Where maple-leaves and full-grown rushes rustled in [...] Cf. Tangshi 72
Hence the skillful fighter puts himself into a position which makes defeat impossible, and does not miss the moment for [...] Cf. Sunzi 51
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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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