The fishes are there, there among the pondweed, / Showing their large heads. / The king is here, here in Hao, / [...] Cf. Shijing 221
The Master said, "By nature, men are nearly alike; by practice, they get to be wide apart." [...] Cf. Lunyu 449
Li / The Clinging, Fire / That which is bright rises twice: The image of FIRE. Thus the great man, by perpetuating [...] Cf. Yijing 30
Fine weapons are none the less ill-omened things. (people despise them, therefore, those in possession of the Tao do [...] Cf. Daodejing 31
Where long ago a yellow crane bore a sage to heaven, / Nothing is left now but the Yellow Crane Terrace. / The [...] Cf. Tangshi 170
Though according to my estimate the soldiers of Yueh exceed our own in number, that shall advantage them nothing in the [...] Cf. Sunzi 84
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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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