Heaven made its determinate appointment, / Which [our] two sovereigns received. / King Cheng did not dare to rest [...] Cf. Shijing 271
The Master said, "If a man be without the virtues proper to humanity, what has he to do with the rites of propriety? If [...] Cf. Lunyu 43
Ku / Work on What Has Been Spoiled [Decay] / The wind blows low on the mountain: The image of DECAY. Thus the [...] Cf. Yijing 18
The Valley Spirit never dies. / It is named the Mysterious Female. / And the doorway of the Mysterious Female / Is the [...] Cf. Daodejing 6
The fine clouds have opened and the River of Stars is gone, / A clear wind blows across the sky, and the moon [...] Cf. Tangshi 67
Therefore, on dispersive ground, I would inspire my men with unity of purpose. [...] Cf. Sunzi 209
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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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