The illustration of illustrious [virtue] is required below, / And the dread majesty is on high. / Heaven is not [...] Cf. Shijing 236
The Master said, "The prosecution of learning may be compared to what may happen in raising a mound. If there want but [...] Cf. Lunyu 228
Kên / Keeping Still, Mountain / Mountains standing close together: The image of KEEPING STILL. Thus the superior [...] Cf. Yijing 52
It was when the Great Way declined / That human kindness and morality arose; / It was when intelligence and knowledge [...] Cf. Daodejing 18
The stars of last night and the wind of last night / Are west of the Painted Chamber and east of Cinnamon Hall. / [...] Cf. Tangshi 210
To refrain from intercepting an enemy whose banners are in perfect order, to refrain from attacking an army drawn up in [...] Cf. Sunzi 119
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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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