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Easy Lessons in Chinese: Or Progressive Exercises to Facilitate the Study of ...
Samuel Wells Williams
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Page 99 - Then dropping his head, he began making a city out of pieces of tile. " Confucius, reproving him, said, ' Why do you not turn out for the carriage ?' The boy replied, ' From ancient times till now it has always been considered proper for a carriage to turn out for a city, and not for a city to turn out for a carriage.
Page 240 - ... stream of commercial intercourse. The people of the land, and those who come from abroad in foreign ships, have reposed together in the enjoyment of its advantages, for tens of years past, even until this time. And as regards the rhubarb, teas, raw silk, and similar rich and valuable products of China, should foreign nations be deprived of these, they would be without the means of continuing life. So that the Heavenly Court by granting, in the oneness of its common benevolence, permission for...
Page 107 - Confucius asking, said,' Which do you say is the nearest relation, father and mother, or husband and wife ?' The boy responded, ' One's parents are near ; husband and wife are not [so] near.' Confucius rejoined, 'While husband and wife are alive, they sleep under the same coverlet; when they are dead, they lie in the same grave ; how, then, can you say that they are not near...
Page 104 - If the high hills be leveled, the birds and beasts will have no resort ; if the rivers and lakes be filled up, the fishes and the turtles will have nowhere to go ; do away with kings and nobles, and the common people will have much dispute about right and wrong; obliterate slaves and servants, and who will there be to serve the prince ! If the empire be so vast and unsettled, how can it be equalized...
Page 103 - I leisure to go a-rambling with you ?' Confucius said, ' I have in my carriage thirty-two chess-men ; what do you say to having a game together ?' The lad answered, ' If the emperor love gaming, the empire will not be governed; if the nobles love play, the government will be impeded ; if scholars love it, learning and investigation will be lost and thrown by ; if the lower classes are fond of gambling, they will utterly lose the support of their families ; if servants and slaves love to game, they...
Page 242 - We would now, then, concert with your honorable sovereignty means to bring to a perpetual end this opium, so hurtful to mankind : we in this land forbidding the use of it, — and you, in the nations under your Dominion, forbidding its manufacture.
Page 243 - ... injured. The powerful instrumentality whereby the Celestial Court holds in subjection all nations is truly divine and aweinspiring beyond the power of computation. Let it not be said that early warning of this has not been given.
Page 109 - At this time inquire about the earth ; how can we converse about the sky with certainty ?' The boy said, ' Then how many houses in all are there on the earth ?' The sage answered, ' Come now, speak about something that's before our eyes ; why must you converse about heaven and earth...
Page 31 - ... radicals, are formed about five sixths of all the characters in the language. The number of derivatives from any one of these primitives varies from three up to seventy-four, which is the highest, but the average is scarcely fifteen to each. To this number, the 214 radicals must be added, (for the majority of them also act as primitives in a greater or less degree,) making a total of 1903 primitives, from which, by the addition of 214 of their own number, at least seven eighths of all the characters...
Page 241 - Though not making use of it one's self, to venture nevertheless on the manufacture and sale of it, and with it to seduce the simple folk of this land, is, to seek one's own livelihood by the exposure of others to death, to seek one's own advantage by other men's injury. And such acts are bitterly abhorrent to the nature of man— are utterly opposed to the ways of Heaven.