If you, Sir, think kindly of me, / I will hold up my lower garments, and cross the Zhen. / If you do not think of [...] Cf. Shijing 87
1. The Master was playing, one day, on a musical stone in Wei, when a man, carrying a straw basket, passed door of the [...] Cf. Lunyu 386
Shih / The Army / In the middle of the earth is water: The image of THE ARMY. Thus the superior man increases his [...] Cf. Yijing 7
“He who knows the males, yet cleaves to what is female / Because like a ravine, receiving all things under heaven,” / [...] Cf. Daodejing 28
The sun has set in the water's clear void, / And little blue islands are one with the sky. / On the bank a [...] Cf. Tangshi 219
Sun Tzu said: In the practical art of war, the best thing of all is to take the enemy's country whole and intact; to [...] Cf. Sunzi 24
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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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