It floats about, that boat of cypress wood ; / Yea, it floats about on the current. / Disturbed am I and [...] Cf. Shijing 26
The Master said, "The scholar who cherishes the love of comfort is not fit to be deemed a scholar." [...] Cf. Lunyu 349
Hsien / Influence (Wooing) / A lake on the mountain: The image of influence. Thus the superior man encourages people [...] Cf. Yijing 31
The Way is like an empty vessel / That yet may be drawn from / Without ever needing to be filled. / It is bottomless; [...] Cf. Daodejing 4
On a northern peak among white clouds / You have found your hermitage of peace; / And now, as I climb this [...] Cf. Tangshi 18
Hence to fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the [...] Cf. Sunzi 25
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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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