Dropping are the fruits from the plum-tree ; / There are [but] seven [tenths] of them left ! / For the [...] Cf. Shijing 20
The Master said, "The scholar who cherishes the love of comfort is not fit to be deemed a scholar." [...] Cf. Lunyu 349
Ta Kuo / Preponderance of the Great / The lake rises above the trees: The image of PREPONDERANCE OF THE GREAT. Thus [...] Cf. Yijing 28
A large kingdom must be like the low ground towards which all streams flows down. It must be a point towards which all [...] Cf. Daodejing 61
When the Emperor came back from his ride they had murdered Lady Yang – / That passion unforgettable through all [...] Cf. Tangshi 306
When you engage in actual fighting, if victory is long in coming, then men's weapons will grow dull and their ardor [...] Cf. Sunzi 15
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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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