The red bows unbent, / Were received and deposited. / I have here an admirable quest, / And with all my heart I [...] Cf. Shijing 175
Tsze-kung asked, saying, "On what ground did Kung-wan get that title of WAN?" The Master said, "He was of an active [...] Cf. Lunyu 107
Chien / Development (Gradual Progress) / On the mountain, a tree: The image of DEVELOPMENT. Thus the superior man [...] Cf. Yijing 53
Fine weapons are none the less ill-omened things. (people despise them, therefore, those in possession of the Tao do [...] Cf. Daodejing 31
The north wind rolls the white grasses and breaks them; / And the Eighth-month snow across the Tartar sky / Is [...] Cf. Tangshi 59
Regard your soldiers as your children, and they will follow you into the deepest valleys; look upon them as your own [...] Cf. Sunzi 172
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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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