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"Ming China (1368-1644), a time of political intrigue and financial upheaval, was also a time of astounding accomplishments in art and literature. In 1403, when Gutenberg was seven years old, the Ming encyclopedia, Yongle Dadian (Yung Lo Ta Tien) was begun. Completed five years later, it comprised 22,937 volumes! And around 1590, when Shakespeare finished Henry VI and Edmu ...more
Hardcover, 60 pages
Published June 1959 by Peter Pauper (first published 1590)
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Yann
Jul 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


洪自誠 (Hong Zicheng) est un chinois ayant vécu à la fin du seizième, début du dix-septième siècle. Cet ouvrage, 菜根譚 Càigēntán, ou propos sur la racine des légumes, comprend deux livres contenant chacun plus d'une centaine d'aphorismes. Souvent construits sur des parallèles et des changements de points de vue, ils expriment le plus souvent la recherche d'un juste milieu entre deux attitudes extrêmes, ce qui n'est pas sans rappeler l'esprit de l'éthique à Nicomaque d'Aristote.

C'est également un ouv
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yelenska
May 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ce fut apaisant et récomfortant.
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provides an English translation of another, somewhat different edition of the same Chinese text. A review may be found at that link. This book presents an English prose translation next to the original Chinese.
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Jenni
p.35 Human relationships are fickle and the road of life is full of ups and downs. When you meet an impasse, you should understand how to retire one step. When you come to an open road, you should know how to make way for others.

p. 46 Self-cultivation requires a mind impervious to outside allurements, as if it were made of wood or stone. Tempted by profit and fame, one will fall victim to greed. One who wishes to save his people and benefit his country must have the temperament of a mendicant mo
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Ivan
Mar 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A somewhat too cautious and too pessimistic vision of society, which stemmed undoubtably from the uncertain and prolonged, perhaps even permanently so, difficult times when the secretive Hong Zicheng lived. A book of a wise man, almost as wise as my maternal grandmother, who, with her family survived the end of the civil war, the Holodomor famine, purges, forcible scattering of the family and friends, total war of the WW2, the postwar reconstruction and the lack of recognition or perspective for ...more
John
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Poetry aims at the description
In common language
Of beautiful scenery
The sublime is contained in the ordinary
The hardest in the easiest
What is self-conscious and ulterior
Is far from the truth
What is mindless
Is near
Yun Rou
Feb 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book puts me in the mood to write and to practice Daoist exercises. Beyond the content and style, there is a cadence, a feel to the poetry and aphorisms in this little tome that are a great mood changer for anyone.
nthhx_
May 29, 2021 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
1,5/2 ☆
Brandon Swann
Jul 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: library
A bitesize reading of Buddhist aphorisms from 1590. This was a book I stumbled upon at an antique bookstore, and have had the pleasure of reading twice or thrice now.

Quotes:
- "When the wind blows through the scattered bamboos, they do not hold its sound after it has gone. When the wild geese fly over a cold lake, it does not retain their shadows after they have passed. So the mind of the superior man begins to work only when an event occurs; and it becomes a void again when the matter ends." (p
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Ed Marsh
May 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
a tiny bite every day....give me something to think about.
Don
May 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-reread
This Book is jam packed with excellent wisdom. a mixture of Confucius teachings and Buddhism. it has everything topic wise. written during the Ming dynasty it stands the test of time most eloquently.
Tia
Sep 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Water which is too pure has no fish.
Amanda
i think i'll reread it tomorrow evening. ...more
Michael
Jan 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Much "programming" wisdom. :p ...more
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