How the dolichos spread itself out, / Extending to the middle of the valley ! / Its leaves were luxuriant ; / [...] Cf. Shijing 2
The Master said, "The full observance of the rules of propriety in serving one's prince is accounted by people to be [...] Cf. Lunyu 58
Lü / Treading [Conduct] / Heaven above, the lake below: The image of TREADING. Thus the superior man discriminates [...] Cf. Yijing 10
My words are very easy to understand and very easy to put into practice. Yet no one under heaven understands them; no [...] Cf. Daodejing 70
For years, to guard the Jade Pass and the River of Gold, / With our hands on our horse-whips and our swordhilts, [...] Cf. Tangshi 277
Now a soldier's spirit is keenest in the morning; by noonday it has begun to flag; and in the evening, his mind is [...] Cf. Sunzi 115
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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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