Full and good looking was the gentleman, / Who waited for me in the lane ! / I repent that I did not go with him. / [...] Cf. Shijing 88
1. The Master said, "Dressed himself in a tattered robe quilted with hemp, yet standing by the side of men dressed in [...] Cf. Lunyu 236
Wu Wang / Innocence (The Unexpected) / Under heaven thunder rolls: All things attain the natural state of [...] Cf. Yijing 25
A large kingdom must be like the low ground towards which all streams flows down. It must be a point towards which all [...] Cf. Daodejing 61
On Wheel Tower parapets night-bugles are blowing, / Though the flag at the northern end hangs limp. / Scouts, [...] Cf. Tangshi 58
On open ground, do not try to block the enemy's way. [...] Cf. Sunzi 190
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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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