詩 經 Shi Jing – The Book of Odes
The oldest collection of Chinese poetry, more than three hundred songs, odes and hymns. Tr. Legge (en) and Granet (fr, incomplete).
論 語 Lun Yu – The Analects of Confucius
The Master discusses with his disciples and unveil his preoccupations with society. Tr. Legge (en), Lau (en) and Couvreur (fr).
大 學 Daxue – The Great Learning
Confucean thought summarized for the Prince. Tr. Legge (en), Pauthier (fr), Bog (fr).
中 庸 Zhongyong – The Doctrine of the Mean
Confucius' grandson comments about the Way and human nature. Tr. Legge (en)
三 字 經 San Zi Jing – The Three-Character Classic
A textbook helpfull to start learning Classic Chinese. Tr. Giles (en) and Deverge (fr).
易 經 Yi Jing – I Ching, the Book of Changes
This famous system of 64 hexagrams plus their commentaries and transformations is at the root of Chinese thought. Tr. Wilhelm (en, fr).
道 德 經 Dao De Jing – The Way and Its Power
The naturalist, individualist and politic doctrine of Lao-tse exhibited in 81 poetic and obscure texts. Tr. Waley (en), Lau (en), Julien (fr) and Wilhelm (de).
An anthology of 320 poems. Discover Chinese poetry in its golden age and some of the greatest Chinese poets. Tr. by Bynner (en).
孫 子 兵 法 Sun Zi – The Art of War
Chinese strategy explained : know yourself and the ennemy, use deception, spies, and "win with ease". Tr. Giles (en, annotated) and Amiot (fr).
三 十 六 計 36 Ji – Thirty-Six Strategies
A recently uncovered notebook of 36 proverbs commented as military tactics that helps dealing with conflicts. Tr. Verstappen (en), Doc Mac Jr (fr).
Near the level ground at the east gate, / Is the madder plant on the bank. / The house is near there, / But [...] Cf. Shijing 89
1. When he was carrying the scepter of his ruler, he seemed to bend his body, as if he were not able to bear its [...] Cf. Lunyu 245
Li / The Clinging, Fire / That which is bright rises twice: The image of FIRE. Thus the great man, by perpetuating [...] Cf. Yijing 30
What is in the end to be shrunk / Must first be stretched. / Whatever is to be weakened / Must begin by being made [...] Cf. Daodejing 36
Only to wanderers can come / Ever new the shock of beauty, / Of white cloud and red cloud dawning from the sea, [...] Cf. Tangshi 94
Therefore the clever combatant imposes his will on the enemy, but does not allow the enemy's will to be imposed on him. [...] Cf. Sunzi 75
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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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