Well loaded with millet were the dishes, / And long and curved were spoons of thorn-wood. / The way to Zhou was [...] Cf. Shijing 203
1. Tsze-chang asked whether the affairs of ten ages after could be known. / 2. Confucius said, "The Yin dynasty [...] Cf. Lunyu 39
Wei Chi / Before Completion / Fire over water: The image of the condition before transition. Thus the superior man is [...] Cf. Yijing 64
When the ruler looks repressed the people will be happy and satisfied; / When the rule looks lively and self-assured [...] Cf. Daodejing 58
They say that wildgeese, flying southward, / Here turn back, this very month.... / Shall my own southward [...] Cf. Tangshi 96
Ground on which each side has liberty of movement is open ground. [...] Cf. Sunzi 183
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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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