In hewing [the wood for] an axe-handle, how do you proceed ? / Without [another] axe it cannot be done. / In taking [...] Cf. Shijing 158
The Master said, "If a man be without the virtues proper to humanity, what has he to do with the rites of propriety? If [...] Cf. Lunyu 43
Fu / Return (The Turning Point) / Thunder within the earth: The image of THE TURNING POINT. Thus the kings of [...] Cf. Yijing 24
The strategists have the sayings: “When you doubt your ability to meet the enemy's attack, take the offensive [...] Cf. Daodejing 69
This cloud, that has drifted all day through the sky, / May, like a wanderer, never come back.... / Three [...] Cf. Tangshi 12
Humble words and increased preparations are signs that the enemy is about to advance. Violent language and driving [...] Cf. Sunzi 144
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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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