O vast and distant Heaven, / Who art called our parent, / That without crime or offence, / I should suffer from [...] Cf. Shijing 198
The Master said, "The superior man is catholic and not partisan. The mean man is partisan and not catholic." [...] Cf. Lunyu 30
K'un / The Receptive / The earth's condition is receptive devotion. Thus the superior man who has breadth of [...] Cf. Yijing 2
It acts without action, does without doing, finds flavour in what is flavourless, / Can make the small great and the [...] Cf. Daodejing 63
I wonder why my inlaid harp has fifty strings, / Each with its flower-like fret an interval of youth. / ...The [...] Cf. Tangshi 209
Success in warfare is gained by carefully accommodating ourselves to the enemy's purpose. This is called ability to [...] Cf. Sunzi 218
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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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