I take counsel at the beginning of my [rule], / How I can follow [the example] of my shrined father. / Ah ! [...] Cf. Shijing 287
Chî Wan thought thrice, and then acted. When the Master was informed of it, he said, "Twice may do." [...] Cf. Lunyu 112
K'un / Oppression (Exhaustion) / There is no water in the lake: The image of EXHAUSTION. Thus the superior man stakes [...] Cf. Yijing 47
To understand others is to have knowledge; / To understand oneself is to be illumined. / To conquer others needs [...] Cf. Daodejing 33
I am sad. My thoughts are in Youzhou. / I would hurry there-but I am sick in bed. / ...Beauty would be facing [...] Cf. Tangshi 62
A whole army may be robbed of its spirit; [...] Cf. Sunzi 114
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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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