Bright are those extensive fields, / A tenth of whose produce is annually levied. / I take the old stores, / And [...] Cf. Shijing 211
1. Chü Po-yü sent a messenger with friendly inquiries to Confucius. / 2. Confucius sat with him, and questioned him. [...] Cf. Lunyu 372
Chien / Development (Gradual Progress) / On the mountain, a tree: The image of DEVELOPMENT. Thus the superior man [...] Cf. Yijing 53
Nothing under heaven is softer or more yielding than water; but when it attacks things hard and resistant there is not [...] Cf. Daodejing 78
With twilight passing her silken window, / She weeps alone in her chamber of gold / For spring is departing [...] Cf. Tangshi 276
Indirect tactics, efficiently applied, are inexhausible as Heaven and Earth, unending as the flow of rivers and [...] Cf. Sunzi 62
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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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