How gay and dissipated you are, / There on the top of Wanqiu ! / You are full of kindly affection indeed, / But [...] Cf. Shijing 136
The Master said, "The superior man wishes to be slow in his speech and earnest in his conduct." [...] Cf. Lunyu 90
Wei Chi / Before Completion / Fire over water: The image of the condition before transition. Thus the superior man is [...] Cf. Yijing 64
Of old those that were the best officers of Court / Had inner natures subtle, abstruse, mysterious, penetrating, / Too [...] Cf. Daodejing 15
I had always heard of Lake Dongting – / And now at last I have climbed to this tower. / With Wu country to the [...] Cf. Tangshi 114
Sun Tzu said: We come now to the question of encamping the army, and observing signs of the enemy. Pass quickly over [...] Cf. Sunzi 131
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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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