Not for the violence of the wind ; / Not for a rushing motion of a chariot ; – / But when I look to the road to [...] Cf. Shijing 149
The Master said, "The progress of the superior man is upwards; the progress of the mean man is downwards." [...] Cf. Lunyu 370
Ku / Work on What Has Been Spoiled [Decay] / The wind blows low on the mountain: The image of DECAY. Thus the [...] Cf. Yijing 18
Fine weapons are none the less ill-omened things. (people despise them, therefore, those in possession of the Tao do [...] Cf. Daodejing 31
Since beauty is honoured all over the Empire, / How could Xi Shi remain humbly at home? – / Washing clothes at [...] Cf. Tangshi 17
Country in which there are precipitous cliffs with torrents running between, deep natural hollows, should be left with [...] Cf. Sunzi 139
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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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