I am going to gather the dodder, / In the fields of Mei. / But of whom are my thoughts ? / Of that beauty, [...] Cf. Shijing 48
Tsze-yû asked what filial piety was. The Master said, "The filial piety nowadays means the support of one's parents. [...] Cf. Lunyu 23
Hsien / Influence (Wooing) / A lake on the mountain: The image of influence. Thus the superior man encourages people [...] Cf. Yijing 31
What is in the end to be shrunk / Must first be stretched. / Whatever is to be weakened / Must begin by being made [...] Cf. Daodejing 36
See how the Yellow River's waters move out of heaven. / Entering the ocean, never to return. / See how lovely [...] Cf. Tangshi 85
In war, then, let your great object be victory, not lengthy campaigns. Thus it may be known that the leader of [...] Cf. Sunzi 23
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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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