Ah ! solemn is the ancestral temple in its pure stillness. / Reverent and harmonious were the distinguished [...] Cf. Shijing 266
The Master said, "The reason why the ancients did not readily give utterance to their words, was that they feared lest [...] Cf. Lunyu 88
Chieh / Limitation / Water over lake: the image of LIMITATION. Thus the superior man Creates number and [...] Cf. Yijing 60
He whose braveness lies in daring, slays. / He whose braveness lies in not daring , gives life. / Of these two, either [...] Cf. Daodejing 73
The Son of Heaven in Yuanhe times was martial as a god / And might be likened only to the Emperors Xuan and Xi. / [...] Cf. Tangshi 73
To see victory only when it is within the ken of the common herd is not the acme of excellence. [...] Cf. Sunzi 47
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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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