King Wen laboured earnestly ; – / Right is it we should have received [the kingdom]. / We will diffuse [his [...] Cf. Shijing 295
The Master said, "Can men refuse to assent to the words of strict admonition? But it is reforming the conduct because [...] Cf. Lunyu 233
Ching / The Well / Water over wood: the image of THE WELL. Thus the superior man encourages the people at their [...] Cf. Yijing 48
When there is Tao in the empire / The galloping steeds are turned back to fertilize the ground by their droppings. / [...] Cf. Daodejing 46
The monk from Shu with his green silk lute-case, / Walking west down Omei Mountain, / Has brought me by one [...] Cf. Tangshi 103
There is a proper season for making attacks with fire, and special days for starting a conflagration. [...] Cf. Sunzi 224
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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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