Lofty is that southern hill, / With its masses of rocks ! / Awe-inspiring are you, O [Grand] master Yin, / And [...] Cf. Shijing 191
The Master said, "Though a man may be able to recite the three hundred odes, yet if, when intrusted with a governmental [...] Cf. Lunyu 322
T'ai / Peace / Heaven and earth unite: the image of PEACE. Thus the ruler Divides and completes the course of heaven [...] Cf. Yijing 11
When he is born, man is soft and weak; in death he becomes stiff and hard. The ten thousand creatures and all plants [...] Cf. Daodejing 76
By my old gate, among yellow grasses, / Still we linger, sick at heart. / The way you must follow through cold [...] Cf. Tangshi 145
On hemmed-in ground, I would block any way of retreat. [...] Cf. Sunzi 213
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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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