Abundant is the growth of the yu and the pu, / Supplying firewood ; yea, stores of it. / Elegant and dignified was [...] Cf. Shijing 238
The Master said to Po-yü, "Do you give yourself to the Châu-nan and the Shâo-nan. The man who has not studied the [...] Cf. Lunyu 457
Hsiao Ch'u / The Taming Power of the Small / The wind drives across heaven: The image of THE TAMING POWER OF THE [...] Cf. Yijing 9
'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
Round a turn of the Qin Fortress winds the Wei River, / And Yellow Mountain foot-hills enclose the Court of China; [...] Cf. Tangshi 179
When the soldiers stand leaning on their spears, they are faint from want of food. If those who are sent to draw water [...] Cf. Sunzi 146
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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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