More 12th Century Chinese Philosophy for Armendarez

While looking for the quote I used, I found these gems, all from Chu Hsi:

~In reading, if you have no doubts, encourage them. And if you do have doubts, get rid of them. Only when you have reached this point have you made progress.

~Every morning, something should be ventured. Every evening, something should be realized. Every day something should be nurtured, and every day something should be preserved.

~Learning is something we have to do. If we don’t know to learn, we make ourselves deficient. Only if we know to learn, will we have no deficiencies. People today thing learning is something from the outside added on to them.

~Simply make a concrete effort. Arguing about it a lot just creates a ruckus.

~You mustn’t want do do everything at once. In a day a man can eat only three bowls of rice; he can’t eat ten or more days of rice at one sitting. In a day you can only read so much, and your efforts have a limit. As ever you mustn’t want to do everything at once.

~The problem with men is that they feel the views of others alone may be doubted, not their own. Should they try to reproach themselves as they reproach others, they may come to realize their own merits and demerits.

~In teaching and guiding the younger generation, you must be stern and untiring. But only if you’re able to inspire and enlighten them as well will you be successful. If you’re simply stern with them, restraining them and that is all, it’ll be of no help.

~Students today are not the least bit excited about learning.

~People nowadays are unwilling to get started in making an effort–they all want to wait…how are they going to make any progress like this?*

~Everything is a matter of learning.

*This one is actually much longer with a great section that I neglected to write down. Unfortunately, I don’t have my books with me so I can provide neither the rest of the quote, nor the source information, except to say that some of them came from Chu Hsi’s Learning to Be a Sage and others came from his book Reflections on Things At Hand, both of which are great.

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