Great is God, / Beholding this lower world in majesty. / He surveyed the four quarters [of the kingdom], / [...] Cf. Shijing 241
Confucius said, "Those who are born with the possession of knowledge are the highest class of men. Those who learn, and [...] Cf. Lunyu 442
Chi Chi / After Completion / Water over fire: the image of the condition In AFTER COMPLETION. Thus the superior [...] Cf. Yijing 63
The people are not frightened of death. What then is the use of trying to intimidate them with the death-penalty? / / [...] Cf. Daodejing 74
Round a turn of the Qin Fortress winds the Wei River, / And Yellow Mountain foot-hills enclose the Court of China; [...] Cf. Tangshi 179
When you plunder a countryside, let the spoil be divided amongst your men; [...] Cf. Sunzi 109
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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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