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
The Master said, "Perfect is the virtue which is according to the Constant Mean! Rare for a long time has been its [...] Cf. Lunyu 149
Chung Fu / Inner Truth / Wind over lake: the image of INNER TRUTH. Thus the superior man discusses criminal cases In [...] Cf. Yijing 61
That which was the beginning of all things under heaven / We may speak of as the “mother” of all things. / He who [...] Cf. Daodejing 52
Can drifting clouds and white storks / Be tenants in this world of ours? – / Or you still live on Wuzhou [...] Cf. Tangshi 239
All men can see the tactics whereby I conquer, but what none can see is the strategy out of which victory is evolved. [...] Cf. Sunzi 90
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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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