On the trees go the blows ding-ding ; / And the birds cry out ying-ying. / One issues from the dark valley, / And [...] Cf. Shijing 165
The Master said, "The wise find pleasure in water; the virtuous find pleasure in hills. The wise are active; the [...] Cf. Lunyu 143
Shih / The Army / In the middle of the earth is water: The image of THE ARMY. Thus the superior man increases his [...] Cf. Yijing 7
Fame or one's own self, which matters to one most? / One's own self or things bought, which should count most? / In the [...] Cf. Daodejing 44
To find you, moved beyond the city, / A wide path led me, by mulberry and hemp, / To a new-set hedge of [...] Cf. Tangshi 169
If asked how to cope with a great host of the enemy in orderly array and on the point of marching to the attack, I [...] Cf. Sunzi 194
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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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