Ah ! solemn is the ancestral temple in its pure stillness. / Reverent and harmonious were the distinguished [...] Cf. Shijing 266
The Master said, "If, because a man's discourse appears solid and sincere, we allow him to be a good man, is he really [...] Cf. Lunyu 288
TUN / Retreat / Mountain under heaven: the image of RETREAT. Thus the superior man keeps the inferior man at a [...] Cf. Yijing 33
There was something formless yet complete, / That existed before heaven and earth; / Without sound, without substance, [...] Cf. Daodejing 25
From office confinement all year long, / I have come out of town to be free this morning / Where willows [...] Cf. Tangshi 32
On serious ground, gather in plunder. [...] Cf. Sunzi 191
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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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