The wild-ducks and widgeons are on the King ; / The personators of your ancestors feast and are happy. / Your [...] Cf. Shijing 248
The Master said, "I hate the manner in which purple takes away the luster of vermilion. I hate the way in which the [...] Cf. Lunyu 465
Shih / The Army / In the middle of the earth is water: The image of THE ARMY. Thus the superior man increases his [...] Cf. Yijing 7
Such the scope of the All-pervading Power. / That it alone can act through the Way. / For the Way is a thing [...] Cf. Daodejing 21
Long divided by river and sea, / For years we two have failed to meet – / And suddenly to find you seems like [...] Cf. Tangshi 147
The art of war teaches us to rely not on the likelihood of the enemy's not coming, but on our own readiness to receive [...] Cf. Sunzi 128
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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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