There was presented to me a papaya, / And I returned for it a beautiful Ju-gem ; / Not as a return for it, / [...] Cf. Shijing 64
Tsze-hsiâ said, "Mechanics have their shops to dwell in, in order to accomplish their works. The superior man learns, [...] Cf. Lunyu 491
Hsiao Ch'u / The Taming Power of the Small / The wind drives across heaven: The image of THE TAMING POWER OF THE [...] Cf. Yijing 9
The people are not frightened of death. What then is the use of trying to intimidate them with the death-penalty? / / [...] Cf. Daodejing 74
The woods are black and a wind assails the grasses, / Yet the general tries night archery – / And next morning [...] Cf. Tangshi 257
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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