Look at the foot of the Han, / How abundantly grow the hazel and the arrow-thorn ! / Easy and self-possessed was [...] Cf. Shijing 239
The Master said, "Is virtue a thing remote? I wish to be virtuous, and lo! virtue is at hand." [...] Cf. Lunyu 180
Mêng / Youthful Folly / A spring wells up at the foot of the mountain: The image of YOUTH. Thus the superior man [...] Cf. Yijing 4
When the ruler looks repressed the people will be happy and satisfied; / When the rule looks lively and self-assured [...] Cf. Daodejing 58
How gladly I would seek a mountain / If I had enough means to live as a recluse! / For I turn at last from [...] Cf. Tangshi 129
Hence it is not enough to put one's trust in the tethering of horses, and the burying of chariot wheels in the ground [...] Cf. Sunzi 205
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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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