When he planned the commencement of the marvellous tower, / He planned it, and defined it ; / And the people in [...] Cf. Shijing 242
Chî Lû asked about serving the spirits of the dead. The Master said, "While you are not able to serve men, how can you [...] Cf. Lunyu 279
Shih Ho / Biting Through / Thunder and lighting: The image of BITING THROUGH. Thus the kings of former times made firm [...] Cf. Yijing 21
The Way is like an empty vessel / That yet may be drawn from / Without ever needing to be filled. / It is bottomless; [...] Cf. Daodejing 4
Cicadas complain of thin mulberry-trees / In the Eighth-month chill at the frontier pass. / Through the gate [...] Cf. Tangshi 36
On open ground, I would keep a vigilant eye on my defenses. On ground of intersecting highways, I would consolidate my [...] Cf. Sunzi 211
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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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