Thickly they spread about, the dolichos creepers, / On the borders of the He. / For ever separated from my [...] Cf. Shijing 71
Tsze-kung asked about the practice of virtue. The Master said, "The mechanic, who wishes to do his work well, must [...] Cf. Lunyu 401
Ching / The Well / Water over wood: the image of THE WELL. Thus the superior man encourages the people at their [...] Cf. Yijing 48
It acts without action, does without doing, finds flavour in what is flavourless, / Can make the small great and the [...] Cf. Daodejing 63
On a part of a spear still unrusted in the sand / I have burnished the symbol of an ancient kingdom.... / [...] Cf. Tangshi 290
The spot where we intend to fight must not be made known; for then the enemy will have to prepare against a possible [...] Cf. Sunzi 81
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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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