In hewing [the wood for] an axe-handle, how do you proceed ? / Without [another] axe it cannot be done. / In taking [...] Cf. Shijing 158
The Master said, "I returned from Wei to Lû, and then the music was reformed, and the pieces in the Royal songs and [...] Cf. Lunyu 224
Hsieh / Deliverance / Thunder and rain set in: The image of DELIVERANCE. Thus the superior man pardons mistakes And [...] Cf. Yijing 40
Without leaving his door / He knows everything under heaven. / Without looking out of his window / He knows all the [...] Cf. Daodejing 47
The moon, grown full now over the sea, / Brightening the whole of heaven, / Brings to separated hearts / The [...] Cf. Tangshi 91
Movement amongst the trees of a forest shows that the enemy is advancing. Startled beasts indicate that a sudden [...] Cf. Sunzi 142
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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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