The wild geese are flying about ; / Su-su goes the rustle of their wings. / [There were] those officers engaged on [...] Cf. Shijing 181
The Master said, "When good order prevailed in his country, Ning Wû acted the part of a wise man. When his country was [...] Cf. Lunyu 113
K'un / Oppression (Exhaustion) / There is no water in the lake: The image of EXHAUSTION. Thus the superior man stakes [...] Cf. Yijing 47
We put thirty spokes together and call it a wheel; / But it is on the space where there is nothing that the usefulness [...] Cf. Daodejing 11
I petition no more at the north palace-gate. / ...To this tumble-down hut on Zhongnan Mountain / I was banished [...] Cf. Tangshi 127
Carefully compare the opposing army with your own, so that you may know where strength is superabundant and where it is [...] Cf. Sunzi 87
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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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