Take the pool-water from a distance ; / Draw it into one vessel and let it flow to another, / And it may be used to [...] Cf. Shijing 251
The chief of the Mang family having appointed Yang Fû to be chief criminal judge, the latter consulted the philosopher [...] Cf. Lunyu 503
Pi / Holding Together [Union] / On the earth is water: The image of HOLDING TOGETHER. Thus the kings of [...] Cf. Yijing 8
The Way is like an empty vessel / That yet may be drawn from / Without ever needing to be filled. / It is bottomless; [...] Cf. Daodejing 4
His golden arrow is tipped with hawk's feathers, / His embroidered silk flag has a tail like a swallow. / One [...] Cf. Tangshi 256
If it is to your advantage, make a forward move; if not, stay where you are. [...] Cf. Sunzi 234
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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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