I travelled through the country, / Where the Fetid tree grew luxuriant. / Because of our affinity by marriage, / [...] Cf. Shijing 188
1. The minister of crime of Ch'an asked whether the duke Châo knew propriety, and Confucius said, "He knew propriety." [...] Cf. Lunyu 181
Chieh / Limitation / Water over lake: the image of LIMITATION. Thus the superior man Creates number and [...] Cf. Yijing 60
In Tao the only motion is returning; / The only useful quality, weakness. / For though all creatures under heaven are [...] Cf. Daodejing 40
The courier will depart next day, she's told. / She sews a warrior's gown all night. / Her fingers feel the [...] Cf. Tangshi 42
When you come to a hill or a bank, occupy the sunny side, with the slope on your right rear. Thus you will at once act [...] Cf. Sunzi 137
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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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