I was gathering and gathering the mouse-ear, / But could not fill my shallow basket. / With a sigh for the [...] Cf. Shijing 3
1. The Master said, "If the people be led by laws, and uniformity sought to be given them by punishments, they will try [...] Cf. Lunyu 19
Yü / Enthusiasm / Thunder comes resounding out of the earth: The image of ENTHUSIASM. Thus the ancient kings made [...] Cf. Yijing 16
The Sage has no heart of his own; / He uses the heart of the people as his heart. / Of the good man I approve, / But of [...] Cf. Daodejing 49
How can a deep love seem deep love, / How can it smile, at a farewell feast? / Even the candle, feeling our [...] Cf. Tangshi 296
With his forces intact he will dispute the mastery of the Empire, and thus, without losing a man, his triumph will be [...] Cf. Sunzi 30
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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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