By the shores of that marsh, / There are rushes and lotus plants. / There is the beautiful lady ; – / I am [...] Cf. Shijing 145
The Master said, "The sage and the man of perfect virtue;– how dare I rank myself with them? It may simply be said of [...] Cf. Lunyu 184
Ts'ui / Gathering Together [Massing] / Over the earth, the lake: The image of GATHERING TOGETHER. Thus the superior [...] Cf. Yijing 45
What is of all things most yielding / Can overwhelm that which is of all things most hard. / Being substanceless it can [...] Cf. Daodejing 43
Far off in the clouds stand the walls of Hanyang, / Another day's journey for my lone sail.... / Though a [...] Cf. Tangshi 202
All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must [...] Cf. Sunzi 11
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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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