Our chariots were strong, / Our horses were well matched, / And with four steeds [for each], sleek and large, / [...] Cf. Shijing 179
The Master said, "The faults of men are characteristic of the class to which they belong. By observing a man's faults, [...] Cf. Lunyu 73
Chien / Development (Gradual Progress) / On the mountain, a tree: The image of DEVELOPMENT. Thus the superior man [...] Cf. Yijing 53
'He who stands on tip-toe, does not stand firm; / He who takes the longest strides, does not walk the fastest.” / He [...] Cf. Daodejing 24
Your grasses up north are as blue as jade, / Our mulberries here curve green-threaded branches; / And at last [...] Cf. Tangshi 7
The art of war teaches us to rely not on the likelihood of the enemy's not coming, but on our own readiness to receive [...] Cf. Sunzi 128
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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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