I was gathering and gathering the mouse-ear, / But could not fill my shallow basket. / With a sigh for the [...] Cf. Shijing 3
The philosopher Tsang said, "I heard this from our Master:– 'Men may not have shown what is in them to the full [...] Cf. Lunyu 501
Wu Wang / Innocence (The Unexpected) / Under heaven thunder rolls: All things attain the natural state of [...] Cf. Yijing 25
“He who knows the males, yet cleaves to what is female / Because like a ravine, receiving all things under heaven,” / [...] Cf. Daodejing 28
The old fort brims with yellow leaves.... / You insist upon forsaking this place where you have lived. / A high [...] Cf. Tangshi 161
Now this foreknowledge cannot be elicited from spirits; it cannot be obtained inductively from experience, [...] Cf. Sunzi 240
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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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