Heaven made its determinate appointment, / Which [our] two sovereigns received. / King Cheng did not dare to rest [...] Cf. Shijing 271
The Master said, "In preparing the governmental notifications, P'î Shan first made the rough draft; Shî-shû examined [...] Cf. Lunyu 355
T'ai / Peace / Heaven and earth unite: the image of PEACE. Thus the ruler Divides and completes the course of heaven [...] Cf. Yijing 11
As for the things that from of old have understood the Whole — / The sky through such understanding remains limpid, / [...] Cf. Daodejing 39
So bright a gleam on the foot of my bed – / Could there have been a frost already? / Lifting myself to look, I [...] Cf. Tangshi 233
Movement amongst the trees of a forest shows that the enemy is advancing. Startled beasts indicate that a sudden [...] Cf. Sunzi 142
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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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