In the fourth month comes summer, / And in the sixth month the heat begins to decrease. / Were not my forefathers [...] Cf. Shijing 204
The Master said, "There are cases in which the blade springs, but the plant does not go on to flower! There are cases [...] Cf. Lunyu 231
Wu Wang / Innocence (The Unexpected) / Under heaven thunder rolls: All things attain the natural state of [...] Cf. Yijing 25
Every one under heaven says that our Way is greatly like folly. But it is just because it is great, that it seems like [...] Cf. Daodejing 67
There are many curtains in your care-free house, / Where rapture lasts the whole night long. / ...What are the [...] Cf. Tangshi 218
On contentious ground, I would hurry up my rear. [...] Cf. Sunzi 210
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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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