The Middle Kingdom: A Survey of the Geography, Government, Literature, Social Life, Arts, and History of the Chinese Empire and Its Inhabitants, 1

C. Scribner's Sons, 1882

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˹ 651 - The ancients who wished to illustrate illustrious virtue, throughout the empire, *first ordered well their own States. Wishing to order well their States, they first regulated their families. Wishing to regulate their families, they first cultivated their persons. Wishing to cultivate their persons, they first rectified their hearts. Wishing to rectify their hearts, they first sought to be sincere in their thoughts. Wishing to be sincere in their thoughts, they first extended to the utmost their...
˹ 651 - Things being investigated, knowledge became complete. Their knowledge being complete, their thoughts were sincere. Their thoughts being sincere, their hearts were then rectified. Their hearts being rectified, their persons were cultivated. Their persons being cultivated, their families were regulated. Their families being regulated, their States were rightly governed. Their States being rightly governed, the whole kingdom was made tranquil and happy.
˹ 87 - IN Xanadu did Kubla Khan A stately pleasure-dome decree : Where Alph, the sacred river, ran Through caverns measureless to man Down to a sunless sea. So twice five miles of fertile ground With walls and towers were girdled round : And there were gardens bright with sinuous rills Where blossomed many an incense-bearing tree ; And here were forests ancient as the hills, Enfolding sunny spots of greenery.
˹ 467 - I feel impelled by ten thousand considerations to look up and imitate the usage ; and with trembling anxiety, rashly assail Heaven, examine myself, and consider my errors ; looking up, and hoping that I may obtain pardon.
˹ 391 - Eastern despotisms but a calm, concise and distinct series of enactments, savoring throughout of practical judgment and European good sense, and, if not always conformable to our improved notions of expediency, in general approaching to them more nearly than the codes of most other nations.
˹ 654 - Is there one word which may serve as a rule of practice for all one's life?" The Master said, "Is not RECIPROCITY such a word? What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.
˹ 828 - More uneradicable than the sins of the flesh is the falsity of the Chinese, and its attendant sin of base ingratitude; their disregard of truth has perhaps done more to lower their character in the eyes of Christendom than any other fault Thieving is exceedingly common, and the illegal exactions of the rulers are burdensome.
˹ 391 - Chinese collection, we seem to be passing from darkness to light from the drivellings of dotage to the exercise of an improved understanding : and redundant and minute as these laws are in many particulars, we scarcely know any European code that is at once so copious and so consistent, or that is nearly so free from intricacy, bigotry, and fiction.
˹ 467 - I have uttered irreverent words and deserved reprehension ; whether perfect equity has been attained in conferring rewards and inflicting punishments ; whether, in raising mausoleums and laying out gardens, I have distressed the people and wasted property ; whether, in the appointment of officers, I have failed to obtain fit persons, and thereby...
˹ 653 - Therefore his fame overspreads the Middle Kingdom, and extends to all barbarous tribes. Wherever ships and carriages reach; wherever the strength of man penetrates ; wherever the heavens overshadow and the earth sustains ; wherever the sun and moon shine ; wherever frosts and dews fall : all who have blood and breath unfeignedly honor and love him. Hence it is said,