They gather the beans, they gather the beans, / In their baskets, square and round. / The princes are coming to [...] Cf. Shijing 222
Nan-kung Kwo, submitting an inquiry to Confucius, said, "Î was skillful at archery, and Âo could move a boat along upon [...] Cf. Lunyu 352
Ta Kuo / Preponderance of the Great / The lake rises above the trees: The image of PREPONDERANCE OF THE GREAT. Thus [...] Cf. Yijing 28
He who aims at life achieves death. / If the “companions of life” are thirteen, so likewise are the “companions of [...] Cf. Daodejing 50
So bright a gleam on the foot of my bed – / Could there have been a frost already? / Lifting myself to look, I [...] Cf. Tangshi 233
Hence those who use fire as an aid to the attack show intelligence; those who use water as an aid to the attack gain an [...] Cf. Sunzi 230
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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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