My four steeds advanced without stopping ; / The way from Zhou was winding and tedious. / Did I not have the wish [...] Cf. Shijing 162
The things in reference to which the Master exercised the greatest caution were – fasting, war, and sickness. [...] Cf. Lunyu 163
Fu / Return (The Turning Point) / Thunder within the earth: The image of THE TURNING POINT. Thus the kings of [...] Cf. Yijing 24
The strategists have the sayings: “When you doubt your ability to meet the enemy's attack, take the offensive [...] Cf. Daodejing 69
You ask me when I am coming. I do not know. / I dream of your mountains and autumn pools brimming all night with [...] Cf. Tangshi 298
Now, when your weapons are dulled, your ardor damped, your strength exhausted and your treasure spent, other chieftains [...] Cf. Sunzi 16
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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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