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鬼谷子   By: (4th cent. BC)

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"鬼谷子" is a book that delves into the ancient Chinese philosophy of strategic thinking and cunning tactics. The author, who is shrouded in mystery, presents a series of conversations between the legendary strategist Guiguzi and his disciples, offering valuable insights on warfare, politics, and human nature.

The book is filled with thought-provoking wisdom and practical advice, making it a valuable resource for those interested in the art of strategy and leadership. Each chapter presents a new lesson or concept, which is then illustrated with historical anecdotes and philosophical musings.

While the language can be dense and somewhat archaic at times, the message of the book is clear and timeless. Readers will find themselves reflecting on the lessons learned in "鬼谷子" long after they have finished reading.

Overall, "鬼谷子" is a fascinating and profound exploration of strategy and wisdom from ancient China. It is a must-read for anyone interested in philosophy, history, or military tactics.

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  粵若稽古聖人之在天地間也,為眾生之先,觀陰陽之開闔以名命物;知存亡 之門戶,籌策萬類之終始,達人心之理,見變化之朕焉,而守司其門戶。故聖人 之在天下也,自古至今,其道一也。

  變化無窮,各有所歸,或陰或陽,或柔或剛,或開或閉,或弛或張。是故, 聖人一守司其門戶,審察其所先後,度權量能,校其伎巧短長。

  夫賢不肖、智愚、勇怯、仁、義有差。乃可捭,乃可闔;乃可進,乃可退; 乃可賤,乃可貴;無為以牧之。

  審定有無,與其實虛,隨其嗜欲... Continue reading book >>






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