In the south rise the trees without branches, / Affording no shelter. / By the Han are girls rambling about, [...] Cf. Shijing 9
The Master said, "Though a man may be able to recite the three hundred odes, yet if, when intrusted with a governmental [...] Cf. Lunyu 322
Chieh / Limitation / Water over lake: the image of LIMITATION. Thus the superior man Creates number and [...] Cf. Yijing 60
He who holding the Great From goes about his work in the empire / Can go about his, yet do no harm. / All is peace, [...] Cf. Daodejing 35
While worldly matters take their turn, / Ancient, modern, to and fro, / Rivers and mountains are changeless in [...] Cf. Tangshi 125
On hemmed-in ground, resort to stratagem. [...] Cf. Sunzi 192
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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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