Great is God, / Beholding this lower world in majesty. / He surveyed the four quarters [of the kingdom], / [...] Cf. Shijing 241
The philosopher Tsang said, "The superior man on grounds of culture meets with his friends, and by friendship helps his [...] Cf. Lunyu 317
Shih Ho / Biting Through / Thunder and lighting: The image of BITING THROUGH. Thus the kings of former times made firm [...] Cf. Yijing 21
He who aims at life achieves death. / If the “companions of life” are thirteen, so likewise are the “companions of [...] Cf. Daodejing 50
You have left me behind, old friend, at the Yellow Crane Terrace, / On your way to visit Yangzhou in the misty [...] Cf. Tangshi 268
Having LOCAL SPIES means employing the services of the inhabitants of a district. [...] Cf. Sunzi 243
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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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