There was the millet with its drooping heads ; / There was the sacrificial millet into blade. / Slowly I moved [...] Cf. Shijing 65
The Master said, "Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous." [...] Cf. Lunyu 31
Hêng / Duration / Thunder and wind: the image of DURATION. Thus the superior man stands firm And does not change has [...] Cf. Yijing 32
The man of highest “power” does not reveal himself as a possessor of “power”; / Therefore he keeps his “power”. / The [...] Cf. Daodejing 38
Pure wine costs, for the golden cup, ten thousand coppers a flagon, / And a jade plate of dainty food calls for a [...] Cf. Tangshi 82
Hence in the wise leader's plans, considerations of advantage and of disadvantage will be blended together. [...] Cf. Sunzi 126
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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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