Kan-kan go his blows on the sandal trees, / And he places what he hews on the river's bank, / Whose waters flow [...] Cf. Shijing 112
The Master said, "Your good, careful people of the villages are the thieves of virtue." [...] Cf. Lunyu 460
Ta Kuo / Preponderance of the Great / The lake rises above the trees: The image of PREPONDERANCE OF THE GREAT. Thus [...] Cf. Yijing 28
What is of all things most yielding / Can overwhelm that which is of all things most hard. / Being substanceless it can [...] Cf. Daodejing 43
China's Emperor, craving beauty that might shake an empire, / Was on the throne for many years, searching, never [...] Cf. Tangshi 71
Thus it is that in war the victorious strategist only seeks battle after the victory has been won, whereas he who is [...] Cf. Sunzi 52
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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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