Abundant is the growth of the yu and the pu, / Supplying firewood ; yea, stores of it. / Elegant and dignified was [...] Cf. Shijing 238
The Master said, "By nature, men are nearly alike; by practice, they get to be wide apart." [...] Cf. Lunyu 449
Hsiao Kuo / Preponderance of the Small / Thunder on the mountain: The image of PREPONDERANCE OF THE SMALL. Thus in his [...] Cf. Yijing 62
It was when the Great Way declined / That human kindness and morality arose; / It was when intelligence and knowledge [...] Cf. Daodejing 18
When he was a youth of fifteen or twenty, / He chased a wild horse, he caught him and rode him, / He shot the [...] Cf. Tangshi 77
A clever general, therefore, avoids an army when its spirit is keen, but attacks it when it is sluggish and inclined to [...] Cf. Sunzi 116
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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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