God has reversed [His usual course of procedure], / And the lower people are full of distress. / The words which [...] Cf. Shijing 254
1. Yang Ho wished to see Confucius, but Confucius would not go to see him. On this, he sent a present of a pig to [...] Cf. Lunyu 448
Chieh / Limitation / Water over lake: the image of LIMITATION. Thus the superior man Creates number and [...] Cf. Yijing 60
“What stays still is easy to hold; / Before there has been an omen it is easy to lay plans. / What is tender is easily [...] Cf. Daodejing 64
The ruler of Shu had his eyes on Wu and progressed as far as the Three Gorges. / In the year of his demise, too, [...] Cf. Tangshi 193
Therefore, just as water retains no constant shape, so in warfare there are no constant conditions. He who can modify [...] Cf. Sunzi 93
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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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