The flowers of the cherry tree – / Are they not gorgeously displayed ? / Of all the men in the world, / There [...] Cf. Shijing 164
The Master said, "Though a man may be able to recite the three hundred odes, yet if, when intrusted with a governmental [...] Cf. Lunyu 322
Sun / Decrease / At the foot of the mountain, the lake: The image of DECREASE. Thus the superior man controls his [...] Cf. Yijing 41
Those that would gain what is under heaven by tampering with it - I have seen that they do not succeed. / For that [...] Cf. Daodejing 29
Drink, my horse, while we cross the autumn water!- / The stream is cold and the wind like a sword, / As we [...] Cf. Tangshi 37
Asked if an army can be made to imitate the SHUAI-JAN, [...] Cf. Sunzi 204
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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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