Look at a rat, – it has its skin ; / But a man should be without dignity of demeanour. / If a man have no [...] Cf. Shijing 52
The Master said, "If the son for three years does not alter from the way of his father, he may be called filial." [...] Cf. Lunyu 86
Lü / The Wanderer / Fire on the mountain: The image of THE WANDERER. Thus the superior man Is clear-minded and [...] Cf. Yijing 56
Stretch a bow to the very full, / And you will wish you had stopped in time; / Temper a sword-edge to its very [...] Cf. Daodejing 9
The old fort brims with yellow leaves.... / You insist upon forsaking this place where you have lived. / A high [...] Cf. Tangshi 161
Ground which can be freely traversed by both sides is called ACCESSIBLE. With regard to ground of this nature, be [...] Cf. Sunzi 156
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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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