Let us gather the thorn-ferns, let us gather the thorn-ferns ; / The thorn-ferns are now springing up. / When shall [...] Cf. Shijing 167
The Master said, "There are only the wise of the highest class, and the stupid of the lowest class, who cannot be [...] Cf. Lunyu 450
Ching / The Well / Water over wood: the image of THE WELL. Thus the superior man encourages the people at their [...] Cf. Yijing 48
When the man of highest capacities hears Tao / He does his best to put it into practice. / When the man of middling [...] Cf. Daodejing 41
Finches flash yellow through the Imperial Grove / Of the Forbidden City, pale with spring dawn; / Flowers [...] Cf. Tangshi 198
A whole army may be robbed of its spirit; [...] Cf. Sunzi 114
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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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