How the dolichos spread itself out, / Extending to the middle of the valley ! / Its leaves were luxuriant ; / [...] Cf. Shijing 2
The Master said, "Po-î and Shû-ch'î did not keep the former wickednesses of men in mind, and hence the resentments [...] Cf. Lunyu 115
Chung Fu / Inner Truth / Wind over lake: the image of INNER TRUTH. Thus the superior man discusses criminal cases In [...] Cf. Yijing 61
Never mind if the people are not intimidated by your authority. A Mightier Authority will deal with them in the end. Do [...] Cf. Daodejing 72
Bamboo from the southern hills was used to make this pipe. / And its music, that was introduced from Persia first [...] Cf. Tangshi 51
Hence those who use fire as an aid to the attack show intelligence; those who use water as an aid to the attack gain an [...] Cf. Sunzi 230
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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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