Look at a rat, – it has its skin ; / But a man should be without dignity of demeanour. / If a man have no [...] Cf. Shijing 52
1. The Master said to Tsze-kung, "Which do you consider superior, yourself or Hûi?" / 2. Tsze-kung replied, "How dare I [...] Cf. Lunyu 101
Kuan / Contemplation (View) / The wind blows over the earth: The image of CONTEMPLATION. Thus the kings of old visited [...] Cf. Yijing 20
Tao gave birth to the One; the One gave birth successively to two things, three things, up to ten thousand. These ten [...] Cf. Daodejing 42
Bamboo from the southern hills was used to make this pipe. / And its music, that was introduced from Persia first [...] Cf. Tangshi 51
In order to carry out an attack, we must have means available. [...] Cf. Sunzi 223
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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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