Look at the foot of the Han, / How abundantly grow the hazel and the arrow-thorn ! / Easy and self-possessed was [...] Cf. Shijing 239
The Master said, "Specious words confound virtue. Want of forbearance in small matters confounds great plans." [...] Cf. Lunyu 418
Huan / Dispersion [Dissolution] / The wind drives over the water: The image of DISPERSION. Thus the kings of old [...] Cf. Yijing 59
Banish wisdom, discard knowledge, / And the people will be benefited a hundredfold. / Banish human kindness, discard [...] Cf. Daodejing 19
A cool-matted silvery bed; but no dreams.... / An evening sky as green as water, shadowed with tender clouds; / [...] Cf. Tangshi 305
Hostile armies may face each other for years, striving for the victory which is decided in a single day. This being so, [...] Cf. Sunzi 238
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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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