Take the pool-water from a distance ; / Draw it into one vessel and let it flow to another, / And it may be used to [...] Cf. Shijing 251
The Master said, "It is all over. I have not yet seen one who could perceive his faults, and inwardly accuse himself." [...] Cf. Lunyu 119
Ta Ch'u / The Taming Power of the Great / Heaven within the mountain: The image of THE TAMING POWER OF THE GREAT. Thus [...] Cf. Yijing 26
What is in the end to be shrunk / Must first be stretched. / Whatever is to be weakened / Must begin by being made [...] Cf. Daodejing 36
"Tell me, where do you live? – / Near here, by the fishing-pool? / Let's hold our boats together, let's see / [...] Cf. Tangshi 253
He who knows these things, and in fighting puts his knowledge into practice, will win his battles. He who knows them [...] Cf. Sunzi 170
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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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