Let me be reverent, let me be reverent, [in attending to my duties] ; / [The way of] Heaven is evident, / And its [...] Cf. Shijing 288
The Master said, "When good order prevailed in his country, Ning Wû acted the part of a wise man. When his country was [...] Cf. Lunyu 113
T'ung Jên / Fellowship with Men / Heaven together with fire: The image of FELLOWSHIP WITH MEN. Thus the superior man [...] Cf. Yijing 13
“Kingdoms can only be governed if rules are kept; / Battles can only be won if rules are broken.” / But the adherence [...] Cf. Daodejing 57
While winter daylight shortens in the elemental scale / And snow and frost whiten the cold-circling night, / [...] Cf. Tangshi 189
If asked how to cope with a great host of the enemy in orderly array and on the point of marching to the attack, I [...] Cf. Sunzi 194
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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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