King Wen laboured earnestly ; – / Right is it we should have received [the kingdom]. / We will diffuse [his [...] Cf. Shijing 295
Some one asked the meaning of the great sacrifice. The Master said, "I do not know. He who knew its meaning would find [...] Cf. Lunyu 51
T'ung Jên / Fellowship with Men / Heaven together with fire: The image of FELLOWSHIP WITH MEN. Thus the superior man [...] Cf. Yijing 13
Tao gave them birth; / The “power” of Tao reared them, / Shaped them according to their kinds, / Perfected them, giving [...] Cf. Daodejing 51
There's a perfume stealing moist from a shaft of red blossom, / And a mist, through the heart, from the magical [...] Cf. Tangshi 318
By holding out advantages to him, he can cause the enemy to approach of his own accord; or, by inflicting damage, he [...] Cf. Sunzi 76
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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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