[Those] lamb-skins and sheep-skins, / With their five braidings of white silk ! / They have retired from the [...] Cf. Shijing 18
The Master said of Tsze-chien, "Of superior virtue indeed is such a man! If there were not virtuous men in Lû, how [...] Cf. Lunyu 95
I / Corners of the Mouth (Providing Nourishment) / At the foot of the mountain, thunder: The image of PROVIDING [...] Cf. Yijing 27
Favour and disgrace goad as it were to madness; high rank hurts keenly as our bodies hurt.” / / What does it mean to [...] Cf. Daodejing 13
Round a turn of the Qin Fortress winds the Wei River, / And Yellow Mountain foot-hills enclose the Court of China; [...] Cf. Tangshi 179
Thus, without waiting to be marshaled, the soldiers will be constantly on the qui vive; without waiting to be asked, [...] Cf. Sunzi 199
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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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