The Qin and Wei, / Now present their broad sheets of water. / Ladies and gentlemen, / Are carrying flowers of [...] Cf. Shijing 95
The Master said, "Virtue is more to man than either water or fire. I have seen men die from treading on water and fire, [...] Cf. Lunyu 426
Wei Chi / Before Completion / Fire over water: The image of the condition before transition. Thus the superior man is [...] Cf. Yijing 64
Tao never does; / Yet through it all things are done. / If the barons and kings would but possess themselves of it, / [...] Cf. Daodejing 37
The woods have stored the rain, and slow comes the smoke / As rice is cooked on faggots and carried to the fields; [...] Cf. Tangshi 180
Hence a wise general makes a point of foraging on the enemy. One cartload of the enemy's provisions is equivalent to [...] Cf. Sunzi 21
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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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