All the morning I gather the king-grass, / And do not collect enough to fill my hands. / My hair is in a wisp ; – [...] Cf. Shijing 226
The Master was mild, and yet dignified; majestic, and yet not fierce; respectful, and yet easy. [...] Cf. Lunyu 188
Hsieh / Deliverance / Thunder and rain set in: The image of DELIVERANCE. Thus the superior man pardons mistakes And [...] Cf. Yijing 40
Never mind if the people are not intimidated by your authority. A Mightier Authority will deal with them in the end. Do [...] Cf. Daodejing 72
I wonder why my inlaid harp has fifty strings, / Each with its flower-like fret an interval of youth. / ...The [...] Cf. Tangshi 209
Hold out baits to entice the enemy. Feign disorder, and crush him. Attack him where he is unprepared, appear where [...] Cf. Sunzi 12
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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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