How well do the black robes befit you ! / When worn out, we will make others for you. / We will go to your court, / [...] Cf. Shijing 75
The Master said, "The rude tribes of the east and north have their princes, and are not like the States of our great [...] Cf. Lunyu 45
Chi Chi / After Completion / Water over fire: the image of the condition In AFTER COMPLETION. Thus the superior [...] Cf. Yijing 63
What is in the end to be shrunk / Must first be stretched. / Whatever is to be weakened / Must begin by being made [...] Cf. Daodejing 36
Grass has run wild now by the Bridge of Red-Birds; / And swallows' wings, at sunset, in Blacktail Row / Where [...] Cf. Tangshi 280
1) When fire breaks out inside to enemy's camp, respond at once with an attack from without. 2) If there is an [...] Cf. Sunzi 227
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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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