Profoundly wise were [the lords of] Shang, / And long had there appeared the omens [of their dignity ]. / When the [...] Cf. Shijing 304
Confucius said, "There are three errors to which they who stand in the presence of a man of virtue and station are [...] Cf. Lunyu 439
Ch'ien / Modesty / Within the earth, a mountain: The image of MODESTY. Thus the superior man reduces that which is [...] Cf. Yijing 15
When the man of highest capacities hears Tao / He does his best to put it into practice. / When the man of middling [...] Cf. Daodejing 41
In the faded old imperial palace, / Peonies are red, but no one comes to see them.... / The ladies-in-waiting [...] Cf. Tangshi 245
Hence it is only the enlightened ruler and the wise general who will use the highest intelligence of the army for [...] Cf. Sunzi 255
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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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