Take the pool-water from a distance ; / Draw it into one vessel and let it flow to another, / And it may be used to [...] Cf. Shijing 251
The Master said, "Po-î and Shû-ch'î did not keep the former wickednesses of men in mind, and hence the resentments [...] Cf. Lunyu 115
Shih / The Army / In the middle of the earth is water: The image of THE ARMY. Thus the superior man increases his [...] Cf. Yijing 7
There was something formless yet complete, / That existed before heaven and earth; / Without sound, without substance, [...] Cf. Daodejing 25
Lords of the capital, sharp, unearthly, / The Great Flower's three points pierce through heaven. / Clouds are [...] Cf. Tangshi 171
If a secret piece of news is divulged by a spy before the time is ripe, he must be put to death together with the man [...] Cf. Sunzi 250
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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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