Dropping are the fruits from the plum-tree ; / There are [but] seven [tenths] of them left ! / For the [...] Cf. Shijing 20
Tsze-kung asked what constituted the superior man. The Master said, "He acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks [...] Cf. Lunyu 29
Pi / Grace / Fire at the foot of the mountain: The image of GRACE. Thus does the superior man proceed When clearing up [...] Cf. Yijing 22
It acts without action, does without doing, finds flavour in what is flavourless, / Can make the small great and the [...] Cf. Daodejing 63
How can a deep love seem deep love, / How can it smile, at a farewell feast? / Even the candle, feeling our [...] Cf. Tangshi 296
If you set a fully equipped army in march in order to snatch an advantage, the chances are that you will be too late. [...] Cf. Sunzi 98
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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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