The moat at the east gate, / Is fit to steep hemp in. / That beautiful, virtuous, lady, / Can respond to you in [...] Cf. Shijing 139
Yen Ch'iû said, "It is not that I do not delight in your doctrines, but my strength is insufficient." The Master said, [...] Cf. Lunyu 132
Kou / Coming to Meet / Under heaven, wind: The image of COMING TO MEET. Thus does the prince act when disseminating [...] Cf. Yijing 44
He who aims at life achieves death. / If the “companions of life” are thirteen, so likewise are the “companions of [...] Cf. Daodejing 50
At a little grass-hut in the valley of the river, / Where a cloud seems born from a viney wall, / You will love [...] Cf. Tangshi 139
Therefore in chariot fighting, when ten or more chariots have been taken, those should be rewarded who took the first. [...] Cf. Sunzi 22
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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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