The illustration of illustrious [virtue] is required below, / And the dread majesty is on high. / Heaven is not [...] Cf. Shijing 236
1. Kung-sun Ch'âo of Wei asked Tsze-kung, saying. "From whom did Chung-nî get his learning?" / 2. Tsze-kung replied, [...] Cf. Lunyu 506
Sun / The Gentle (The Penetrating, Wind) / Winds following one upon the other: The image of THE GENTLY [...] Cf. Yijing 57
Tao never does; / Yet through it all things are done. / If the barons and kings would but possess themselves of it, / [...] Cf. Daodejing 37
A seafaring visitor will talk about Japan, / Which waters and mists conceal beyond approach; / But Yueh people [...] Cf. Tangshi 54
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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