Oh ! yes, king Cheng, / Brightly brought himself near. / Lead your husbandmen, / To sow their various kinds of [...] Cf. Shijing 277
Nan-kung Kwo, submitting an inquiry to Confucius, said, "Î was skillful at archery, and Âo could move a boat along upon [...] Cf. Lunyu 352
T'ai / Peace / Heaven and earth unite: the image of PEACE. Thus the ruler Divides and completes the course of heaven [...] Cf. Yijing 11
Can you keep the unquiet physical-soul from straying, hold fast to the Unity, and never quit it? / Can you, when [...] Cf. Daodejing 10
Though our envoy, Su Wu, is gone, body and soul, / This temple survives, these trees endure.... / Wildgeese [...] Cf. Tangshi 220
If you set a fully equipped army in march in order to snatch an advantage, the chances are that you will be too late. [...] Cf. Sunzi 98
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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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