The turtle dove is in the mulberry tree, / And her young ones are seven. / The virtuous man, the princely one, / [...] Cf. Shijing 152
The duke Ching of Ch'î, with reference to the manner in which he should treat Confucius, said, "I cannot treat him as I [...] Cf. Lunyu 476
Hsien / Influence (Wooing) / A lake on the mountain: The image of influence. Thus the superior man encourages people [...] Cf. Yijing 31
When he is born, man is soft and weak; in death he becomes stiff and hard. The ten thousand creatures and all plants [...] Cf. Daodejing 76
Now that the palace-gate has softly closed on its flowers, / Ladies file out to their pavilion of jade, / Abrim [...] Cf. Tangshi 287
The clever combatant looks to the effect of combined energy, and does not require too much from individuals. Hence his [...] Cf. Sunzi 71
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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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