The people indeed are heavily burdened, / But perhaps a little ease may be got for them. / Let us cherish this [...] Cf. Shijing 253
1. Sze-mâ Niû asked about perfect virtue. / 2. The Master said, "The man of perfect virtue is cautious and slow in his [...] Cf. Lunyu 296
Wu Wang / Innocence (The Unexpected) / Under heaven thunder rolls: All things attain the natural state of [...] Cf. Yijing 25
My words are very easy to understand and very easy to put into practice. Yet no one under heaven understands them; no [...] Cf. Daodejing 70
My heritage lost through disorder and famine, / My brothers and sisters flung eastward and westward, / My [...] Cf. Tangshi 208
Numerical weakness comes from having to prepare against possible attacks; numerical strength, from compelling our [...] Cf. Sunzi 82
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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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