On the mountains are the thorny elms, / In the low, wet grounds are the white elms. / You have suits of robes, / [...] Cf. Shijing 115
The Master said, "A cornered vessel without corners. – A strange cornered vessel! A strange cornered vessel!" [...] Cf. Lunyu 145
Mêng / Youthful Folly / A spring wells up at the foot of the mountain: The image of YOUTH. Thus the superior man [...] Cf. Yijing 4
Given a small country with few inhabitants, he could bring it about that through there should be among the people [...] Cf. Daodejing 80
What are you thinking as we part from one another, / Pulling in our horses for the stirrup-cups? / Do these [...] Cf. Tangshi 176
Hence the experienced soldier, once in motion, is never bewildered; once he has broken camp, he is never at a loss. [...] Cf. Sunzi 177
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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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