Oh ! powerful was the king's army ; / But he nursed it in obedience to circumstances while the time was yet dark. / [...] Cf. Shijing 293
The Master said, "Hûi gives me no assistance. There is nothing that I say in which he does not delight." [...] Cf. Lunyu 271
Ta Yu / Possession in Great Measure / Fire in heaven above: The image of POSSESSION IN GREAT MEASURE. Thus the [...] Cf. Yijing 14
Because the eye gazes but can catch no glimpse of it, / It is called elusive. / Because the ear listens but cannot hear [...] Cf. Daodejing 14
The mountain-light suddenly fails in the west, / In the east from the lake the slow moon rises. / I loosen my [...] Cf. Tangshi 19
When he has penetrated into hostile territory, but to no great distance, it is facile ground. [...] Cf. Sunzi 181
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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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