I look up to great Heaven, / But it shows us no kindness. / Very long have we been disquieted, / And these great [...] Cf. Shijing 264
The Master said, "A man can enlarge the principles which he follows; those principles do not enlarge the man." [...] Cf. Lunyu 420
Hsien / Influence (Wooing) / A lake on the mountain: The image of influence. Thus the superior man encourages people [...] Cf. Yijing 31
As for the things that from of old have understood the Whole — / The sky through such understanding remains limpid, / [...] Cf. Daodejing 39
My heart in middle age found the Way. / And I came to dwell at the foot of this mountain. / When the spirit [...] Cf. Tangshi 123
The direct and the indirect lead on to each other in turn. It is like moving in a circle - you never come to an end. [...] Cf. Sunzi 63
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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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