Large was she and tall, / In her embroidered robe, with a [plain] single garment over it : – / The daughter of [...] Cf. Shijing 57
The Master said, "When the year becomes cold, then we know how the pine and the cypress are the last to lose their [...] Cf. Lunyu 237
Tui / The Joyous, Lake / Lakes resting one on the other: The image of THE JOYOUS. Thus the superior man joins with his [...] Cf. Yijing 58
When the ruler looks repressed the people will be happy and satisfied; / When the rule looks lively and self-assured [...] Cf. Daodejing 58
Forlorn in the northeast among wind and dust, / Drifting in the southwest between heaven and earth, / Lingering [...] Cf. Tangshi 190
Therefore the skillful leader subdues the enemy's troops without any fighting; he captures their cities without laying [...] Cf. Sunzi 29
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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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