The gourd has [still] its bitter leaves, / And the crossing at the ford is deep. / If deep, I will go [...] Cf. Shijing 34
The Master said, "If the will be set on virtue, there will be no practice of wickedness." [...] Cf. Lunyu 70
Chung Fu / Inner Truth / Wind over lake: the image of INNER TRUTH. Thus the superior man discusses criminal cases In [...] Cf. Yijing 61
Of the highest the people merely know that such a one exists; / The next they draw near to and praise. / The next they [...] Cf. Daodejing 17
She brings a broom at dawn to the Golden Palace doorway / And dusts the hall from end to end with her round fan, [...] Cf. Tangshi 314
We cannot enter into alliance with neighboring princes until we are acquainted with their designs. We are not fit to [...] Cf. Sunzi 215
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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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