How great is that luxuriance, / Those flowers of the sparrow-plum ! / Are they not expressive of reverence [...] Cf. Shijing 24
The Master said, "Is virtue a thing remote? I wish to be virtuous, and lo! virtue is at hand." [...] Cf. Lunyu 180
Chien / Obstruction / Water on the mountain: The image of OBSTRUCTION. Thus the superior man turns his attention to [...] Cf. Yijing 39
In the days of old those who practiced Tao with success did not, by means of it, enlighten the people, but on the [...] Cf. Daodejing 65
There lived years ago the beautiful Gongsun, / Who, dancing with her dagger, drew from all four quarters / An [...] Cf. Tangshi 64
Bestow rewards without regard to rule, [...] Cf. Sunzi 217
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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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