There was presented to me a papaya, / And I returned for it a beautiful Ju-gem ; / Not as a return for it, / [...] Cf. Shijing 64
The philosopher Tsang said, "I daily examine myself on three points:– whether, in transacting business for others, I [...] Cf. Lunyu 4
Wei Chi / Before Completion / Fire over water: The image of the condition before transition. Thus the superior man is [...] Cf. Yijing 64
It was when the Great Way declined / That human kindness and morality arose; / It was when intelligence and knowledge [...] Cf. Daodejing 18
There's a girl from Loyang in the door across the street, / She looks fifteen, she may be a little older. / [...] Cf. Tangshi 76
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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