Carefully adjusted are the rabbit nets ; / Clang clang go the blows on the pegs. / That stalwart, martial [...] Cf. Shijing 7
When the Master was unoccupied with business, his manner was easy, and he looked pleased. [...] Cf. Lunyu 154
Chien / Obstruction / Water on the mountain: The image of OBSTRUCTION. Thus the superior man turns his attention to [...] Cf. Yijing 39
Tao in the Universe is like the south-west corner in the house. / It is the treasure of the good man, / The support of [...] Cf. Daodejing 62
Now that a candle-shadow stands on the screen of carven marble / And the River of Heaven slants and the morning [...] Cf. Tangshi 303
4) If it is possible to make an assault with fire from without, do not wait for it to break out within, but deliver [...] Cf. Sunzi 228
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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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