Take the pool-water from a distance ; / Draw it into one vessel and let it flow to another, / And it may be used to [...] Cf. Shijing 251
The Master said, "By nature, men are nearly alike; by practice, they get to be wide apart." [...] Cf. Lunyu 449
Chên / The Arousing (Shock, Thunder) / Thunder repeated: the image of SHOCK. Thus in fear and trembling The superior [...] Cf. Yijing 51
In Tao the only motion is returning; / The only useful quality, weakness. / For though all creatures under heaven are [...] Cf. Daodejing 40
Phoenixes that played here once, so that the place was named for them, / Have abandoned it now to this desolate [...] Cf. Tangshi 175
Hence his victories bring him neither reputation for wisdom nor credit for courage. Making no mistakes is what [...] Cf. Sunzi 50
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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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