Oh ! great wast thou, O king Wu, / Displaying the utmost strength in thy work. / Truly accomplished was king Wen, / [...] Cf. Shijing 285
The Master said, "Man is born for uprightness. If a man lose his uprightness, and yet live, his escape from death is [...] Cf. Lunyu 139
Ta Kuo / Preponderance of the Great / The lake rises above the trees: The image of PREPONDERANCE OF THE GREAT. Thus [...] Cf. Yijing 28
Can you keep the unquiet physical-soul from straying, hold fast to the Unity, and never quit it? / Can you, when [...] Cf. Daodejing 10
Stone-Fish Lake is like Lake Dongting – / When the top of Zun is green and the summer tide is rising. / [...] Cf. Tangshi 65
To refrain from intercepting an enemy whose banners are in perfect order, to refrain from attacking an army drawn up in [...] Cf. Sunzi 119
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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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