Jian-guan went the axle ends of my carriage, / As I thought of the young beauty, and went [to fetch her]. / It was [...] Cf. Shijing 218
The Master said, "In archery it is not going through the leather which is the principal thing;– because people's [...] Cf. Lunyu 56
Kuai / Break-through (Resoluteness) / The lake has risen up to heaven: The image of BREAK-THROUGH. Thus the superior [...] Cf. Yijing 43
That which was the beginning of all things under heaven / We may speak of as the “mother” of all things. / He who [...] Cf. Daodejing 52
Her jade-white staircase is cold with dew; / Her silk soles are wet, she lingered there so long.... / Behind [...] Cf. Tangshi 255
If we know that the enemy is open to attack, and also know that our men are in a condition to attack, but are unaware [...] Cf. Sunzi 176
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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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