Well fashioned is the bow adorned with horn, / And swift is its recoil. / Brothers and relatives by affinity, / [...] Cf. Shijing 223
1. Some one addressed Confucius, saying, "Sir, why are you not engaged in the government?" / 2. The Master said, "What [...] Cf. Lunyu 37
Po / Splitting Apart / The mountain rests on the earth: The image of SPLITTING APART. Thus those above can ensure [...] Cf. Yijing 23
Never mind if the people are not intimidated by your authority. A Mightier Authority will deal with them in the end. Do [...] Cf. Daodejing 72
You were foreordained to find the source. / Now, tracing your way as in a dream / There where the sea floats up [...] Cf. Tangshi 138
The onrush of a conquering force is like the bursting of pent-up waters into a chasm a thousand fathoms deep. [...] Cf. Sunzi 57
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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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