Ye, brilliant and accomplished princess, / Have conferred on me this happiness. / Your favours to me are without [...] Cf. Shijing 269
The Master said, "Of all people, girls and servants are the most difficult to behave to. If you are familiar with them, [...] Cf. Lunyu 472
Sun / Decrease / At the foot of the mountain, the lake: The image of DECREASE. Thus the superior man controls his [...] Cf. Yijing 41
Heaven's way is like the bending of a bow. When a bow is bent the top comes down and the bottom-end comes up. / / So [...] Cf. Daodejing 77
Far through the night a harp is sighing / With a sadness of wind and rain in the strings.... / There's a [...] Cf. Tangshi 168
Thus one who is skillful at keeping the enemy on the move maintains deceitful appearances, according to which the enemy [...] Cf. Sunzi 70
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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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