Heaven commissioned the swallow, / To descend and give birth to [the father of our] Shang. / [His descendants] [...] Cf. Shijing 303
The Master said, "The rude tribes of the east and north have their princes, and are not like the States of our great [...] Cf. Lunyu 45
Kuai / Break-through (Resoluteness) / The lake has risen up to heaven: The image of BREAK-THROUGH. Thus the superior [...] Cf. Yijing 43
He who holding the Great From goes about his work in the empire / Can go about his, yet do no harm. / All is peace, [...] Cf. Daodejing 35
Our host, providing abundant wine to make the night mellow, / Asks his guest from Yangzhou to play for us on the [...] Cf. Tangshi 49
Though according to my estimate the soldiers of Yueh exceed our own in number, that shall advantage them nothing in the [...] Cf. Sunzi 84
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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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