An outward demeanour, cautious and grave, / Is an indication of the [inward] virtue. / People have the saying, / [...] Cf. Shijing 256
Chî K'ang asked about Chung-yû, whether he was fit to be employed as an officer of government. The Master said, "Yû is [...] Cf. Lunyu 128
K'an / The Abysmal (Water) / Water flows on uninterruptedly and reaches its goal: The image of the Abysmal [...] Cf. Yijing 29
Fine weapons are none the less ill-omened things. (people despise them, therefore, those in possession of the Tao do [...] Cf. Daodejing 31
To find you, moved beyond the city, / A wide path led me, by mulberry and hemp, / To a new-set hedge of [...] Cf. Tangshi 169
When he has penetrated into hostile territory, but to no great distance, it is facile ground. [...] Cf. Sunzi 181
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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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