Hear the roll of our drums ! / See how we leap about, using our weapons ! / Those do the fieldwork in the [...] Cf. Shijing 31
The Master said, "The object of the superior man is truth. Food is not his object. There is plowing;– even in that [...] Cf. Lunyu 423
T'ai / Peace / Heaven and earth unite: the image of PEACE. Thus the ruler Divides and completes the course of heaven [...] Cf. Yijing 11
Every one under heaven says that our Way is greatly like folly. But it is just because it is great, that it seems like [...] Cf. Daodejing 67
"Tell me, where do you live? – / Near here, by the fishing-pool? / Let's hold our boats together, let's see / [...] Cf. Tangshi 253
There are roads which must not be followed, [...] Cf. Sunzi 124
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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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