Do not try to cultivate fields too large ; – / The weeds will only grow luxuriantly. / Do not think of winning [...] Cf. Shijing 102
1. Tsze-chang asked, saying, "The minister Tsze-wan thrice took office, and manifested no joy in his countenance. [...] Cf. Lunyu 111
I / Corners of the Mouth (Providing Nourishment) / At the foot of the mountain, thunder: The image of PROVIDING [...] Cf. Yijing 27
It is because every one under Heaven recognizes beauty as beauty, that the idea of ugliness exists. / And equally if [...] Cf. Daodejing 2
This constellation, with its seven high stars, / Is Ge Shu lifting his sword in the night: / And no more [...] Cf. Tangshi 252
Hence it is that which none in the whole army are more intimate relations to be maintained than with spies. [...] Cf. Sunzi 248
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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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