Ten Thousand Things on China and the Chinese: Being a Picture of the Genius, Government, History, Literature, Agriculture, Arts, Trade, Manners, Customs, and Social Life of the People of the Celestial Empire as Illustrated by the Chinese Collection, 539 Broadway

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J.S. Redfield, 1850 - 206 pages
 

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Page 190 - With all the visionary fervor of his imagination, its fondest dreams fell short of the reality. He died in ignorance of the real grandeur of his discovery. Until his last breath he entertained the idea that he had merely opened a new way to the old resorts of opulent commerce, and had discovered some of the wild regions of the east. He supposed Hispaniola to be the ancient Ophir which had been visited by the ships of Solomon, and that Cuba and Terra Firma were but remote parts of Asia.
Page 23 - Our extensive dominions have enjoyed the utmost prosperity under the shelter of a glorious and enduring state of felicity. Our exalted race has become most illustrious, under the protection of that honored relative to whom* the whole court looks up. To her happiness, already unalloyed, the highest degree of felicity has been superadded, causing joy and gladness to every inmate of the six palaces. The grand ceremonies of the occasion shall exceed in splendor the utmost requirements of the ancients...
Page 75 - Those likewise," says Bridgman, " who work in wood, brass, iron, stone, and various other materials, are numerous ; and they who engage in each of these respective occupations, form, to a certain degree, a separate community, and have each their own laws and rules for the regulation of their business.
Page 85 - The sun, moon and planets they believe to be peopled with rational l>eings, acknowledge light as the primitive cause of the good, darkness as that of evil, and worship fire, as it is said, from which they have received their name. But they themselves say, that they do not worship fire, but only find in...
Page 52 - Chang-Teen-sze, the principal of the Taou sect in China, who, like the Lama of Thibet, is supposed to be immortal, or rather whose place is supplied by a successor as soon as the old one dies, assumes an authority over Hades. He appoints and removes the deities of various districts, just as the Emperor does his officers ; and no tutelary divinity can be worshipped, or is supposed capable of protecting his votaries, until the Celebration of Taou Anniversary. warrant goes forth under the hand and seal...
Page 9 - He is held to be the vicegerent of Heaven, especially chosen to * govern all nations; and is supreme in everything holding at once the highest legislative and executive powers, without limitation or control. He is hence, entitled Tien-tsze, the son of Heaven ; and is clothed with most of the prerogatives of Deity. From him emanate all power and authority ; the whole earth it is ignorantly supposed (and it is the policy of such as Power of Emperor and Right of Succession.
Page 51 - Riches, and the advantages which they bring, are but a short and agreeable dream : honours and reputation resemble a brilliant cloud, which soon vanishes. The affection of those united by blood and other ties is commonly but a vain appearance ; the most tender friendships may convert themselves into the bitterest strifes. Let us not wear a yoke because it is of gold ; nor bear the burden of chains because they consist of jewels. Let us purify our minds, moderate our desires, and detach ourselves...
Page 41 - I had been born beyond the sea, in some remote part of the earth, where the cold freezes, or the heat scorches; where the people are clothed with the leaves of plants, eat wood, dwell in the wilderness, lie in holes of the earth ; are far removed from the converting maxims of the ancient Kings, and are ignorant of the domestic relations. Though born as one of the generation of men, I should not have been different from a beast.
Page 44 - These principles and these forms are early instilled into young minds, and form the basis of their moral sentiments ; the elucidation and enforcement of these principles and forms are the business of students, who aspire to be magistrates, or statesmen, and of the wealthy, who desire nominal rank in the country ; and it is in all likelihood, owing chiefly to the influence of these principles on the national mind and conscience, that China holds together the largest associated population in the world.
Page 25 - ... will then present our congratulations on the glad occasion, the anniversary of her natal day. The occasion yields a happiness equal to what is enjoyed by goddesses in heaven ; and while announcing it to the gods, and to our people, we will tender to her blessings unbounded.

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