I was gathering and gathering the mouse-ear, / But could not fill my shallow basket. / With a sigh for the [...] Cf. Shijing 3
Confucius said, "There are three friendships which are advantageous, and three which are injurious. Friendship with the [...] Cf. Lunyu 437
Lin / Approach / The earth above the lake: The image of APPROACH. Thus the superior man is inexhaustible In his will [...] Cf. Yijing 19
Of old those that were the best officers of Court / Had inner natures subtle, abstruse, mysterious, penetrating, / Too [...] Cf. Daodejing 15
Slow and reluctant, I have waited / Day after day, till now I must go. / How sweet the road-side flowers might [...] Cf. Tangshi 131
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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