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Kuan-Yi-Wu - 500 B.C.
ALLOW the ear to hear what it likes, the eye to see what it likes, the mouth to say what it likes, the body to enjoy the comforts it likes to have, and the mind to do what it likes.
Yu Tse - 1250 B.C.
Fame is the follower of reality. Now, however, as people pursue fame with such frenzy, does it not really come of itself if it is disregarded? At present fame means honor and regard.
Tse-Chen - 550 B.C.
THAT SUBLIMITY OF RIGHTEOUSNESS THAT in which man is superior to beasts and birds is his mental faculties.
The Poetry Of The Chinese
Like a water-wheel awhirl, Like the rolling of a pearl; Yet these but illustrate, To fools, the final state.
Ch'Ang Ch'Ien - A.D. 720
I SAT upon the mountainside and watched. A tiny barque that skimmed across the lake, Drifting, like human destiny upon...
Ts'En-Ts'An - A.D. 750
NIGHT is at hand; the night winds fret afar, The north winds moan. The waterfowl are gone To cover o'er the sand dunes;
PO CHU-I - A.D. 772
I am Like unto the sere chrysanthemum. That is shorn by the frost-blade and, torn from its roots, Whirled away on the wind.
Pan Chin Yu - 18 B.C.
OF fresh, new silk, all snowy white, And round as harvest moon, A pledge of purity and love, A small but welcome boon.
Proverbs And Maxims
FELLING a tree to catch the blackbird. Asking a blind man the road.
Moral Maxims
Without ascending the mountain, we cannot judge of the height of heaven; without descending into the valley, we cannot judge of the depth of the earth; without listening to the maxims left by the ancient kings, we cannot know the excellence of learning.
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