Heaven made its determinate appointment, / Which [our] two sovereigns received. / King Cheng did not dare to rest [...] Cf. Shijing 271
The Master said, "I hate the manner in which purple takes away the luster of vermilion. I hate the way in which the [...] Cf. Lunyu 465
Chi Chi / After Completion / Water over fire: the image of the condition In AFTER COMPLETION. Thus the superior [...] Cf. Yijing 63
“To remain whole, be twisted!” / To become straight, let yourself be bent. / To become full, be hollow. / Be tattered, [...] Cf. Daodejing 22
Lovely now together, his lady and his flowers / Lighten for ever the Emperor's eye, / As he listens to the [...] Cf. Tangshi 319
For it is the soldier's disposition to offer an obstinate resistance when surrounded, to fight hard when he cannot help [...] Cf. Sunzi 214
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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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