A few elegant lines, / May be made out to be shell-embroidery. / Those slanderers, / Have gone to great excess. / [...] Cf. Shijing 200
1. Chung-kung, being chief minister to the head of the Chi family, asked about government. The Master said, "Employ [...] Cf. Lunyu 319
Chung Fu / Inner Truth / Wind over lake: the image of INNER TRUTH. Thus the superior man discusses criminal cases In [...] Cf. Yijing 61
When he is born, man is soft and weak; in death he becomes stiff and hard. The ten thousand creatures and all plants [...] Cf. Daodejing 76
There's a girl from Loyang in the door across the street, / She looks fifteen, she may be a little older. / [...] Cf. Tangshi 76
Hence those who use fire as an aid to the attack show intelligence; those who use water as an aid to the attack gain an [...] Cf. Sunzi 230
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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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