The fish pass into the basket, / Yellow-jaws and sand-blowers. / Our host has spirits, / Good and abundance of [...] Cf. Shijing 170
There were four things which the Master taught, – letters, ethics, devotion of soul, and truthfulness. [...] Cf. Lunyu 175
Kuai / Break-through (Resoluteness) / The lake has risen up to heaven: The image of BREAK-THROUGH. Thus the superior [...] Cf. Yijing 43
Of old those that were the best officers of Court / Had inner natures subtle, abstruse, mysterious, penetrating, / Too [...] Cf. Daodejing 15
The monk from Shu with his green silk lute-case, / Walking west down Omei Mountain, / Has brought me by one [...] Cf. Tangshi 103
All men can see the tactics whereby I conquer, but what none can see is the strategy out of which victory is evolved. [...] Cf. Sunzi 90
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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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