In hewing [the wood for] an axe-handle, how do you proceed ? / Without [another] axe it cannot be done. / In taking [...] Cf. Shijing 158
The Master said, "I can find no flaw in the character of Yü. He used himself coarse food and drink, but displayed the [...] Cf. Lunyu 209
Chun / Difficulty at the Beginning / Clouds and thunder: The image of DIFFICULTY AT THE BEGINNING. Thus the superior [...] Cf. Yijing 3
He who by Tao purposes to help a ruler of men / Will oppose all conquest by force of arms; / For such things are wont [...] Cf. Daodejing 30
Where is the temple of the famous Premier? – / In a deep pine grove near the City of Silk, / With the green [...] Cf. Tangshi 182
Numerical weakness comes from having to prepare against possible attacks; numerical strength, from compelling our [...] Cf. Sunzi 82
In these pages it's possible to read the Analects of Confucius (Lunyu), The Way and its Power (Daode Jing) attributed to Lao-tse and some other wisdom or poetry texts in Chinese with English and French translations. Any Chinese characters are linked to dictionaries. Your browser must display Chinese.
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.
Wengu – Chinese Classics – Chinese off/on – Français/English
The Book of Odes, The Analects, Great Learning, Doctrine of the Mean, Three-characters book, The Book of Changes, The Way and its Power, 300 Tang Poems, The Art of War, Thirty-Six Strategies
Welcome, help, notes, introduction, table.
Index – Contact – Top