The fretted waters, / Do not carry on their current a bundle of firewood ! / Those, the members of our families, [...] Cf. Shijing 68
Fan Ch'ih asked what constituted wisdom. The Master said, "To give one's self earnestly to the duties due to men, and, [...] Cf. Lunyu 142
Chien / Obstruction / Water on the mountain: The image of OBSTRUCTION. Thus the superior man turns his attention to [...] Cf. Yijing 39
In Tao the only motion is returning; / The only useful quality, weakness. / For though all creatures under heaven are [...] Cf. Daodejing 40
Covet not a gold-threaded robe, / Cherish only your young days! / If a bud open, gather it – / Lest you but [...] Cf. Tangshi 320
These six are the principles connected with Earth. The general who has attained a responsible post must be careful to [...] Cf. Sunzi 162
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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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