Quotes About Ancient China

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Hellmut Wilhelm
“To become aware of what is constant in the flux of nature and life is the first step in abstract thinking. The recognition of regularity in the courses of the heavenly bodies and in the succession of seasons first provides a basis for a systematic ordering of events, and this knowledge makes possible a calendar. ... Simultaneously with this concept, a system of relationships comes into the idea of the world. Change is not something absolute, chaotic, and kaleidoscopic; its manifestation is a relative one, something connected with fixed points and a given order.”
Hellmut Wilhelm

Hellmut Wilhelm
“It is no accident that, of the early Jesuit scholars who were pioneers in making China's culture known in Europe, those who concerned themselves with the Book of Changes were all later declared to be insane or heretic. Indeed, to the Chinese themselves the study of the I Ching is not to be taken lightly. By an unwritten law, only those advanced in years regard themselves as ready to learn from it. Confucius is said to have been seventy years old when he first took up the Book of Changes.”
Hellmut Wilhelm, Understanding the "I Ching": The Wilhelm Lectures on the Book of Changes

“มหานทีทอดยาว ขุนเขามิอาจขวางกั้น รู้จักกาลเทศะคือคนฉลาด คำพูดบางอย่างเพียงกล่าวได้รอบเดียว คำเตือนบางอย่างเพียงเอ่ยได้ครั้งเดียว ต่อไปสมควรประพฤติตนเช่นไร ท่านไปพิจารณาเองเถอะ”
潇湘冬儿, จอมนางจารชน หน่วย 11 ภาคต้น เล่ม 1

Hellmut Wilhelm
“The first, clearer, type suggests the musical pattern of theme and variations. The chosen theme persists through the six stages, in various aspects. The second type is more difficult to analyze. A recurrent leitmotiv is lacking here; instead six differerent stages whose connection is usually an inner one are joined together in mosaic fashion. But on both types, the so-called judgment is the tenor which is maintained through all the changes.”
Hellmut Wilhelm

Hellmut Wilhelm
“According to a Confucian view, there are four steps in social develpment, wrote Wilhem (Sr.). There are the individual, the family, the state, and mankind. The West had always emphasized the individual and the state. Individual development is extolled, and the single human being is regarded as central and as an atom of society. Over-emphasis on the function of the individual has led to deterioration of the family. Unlike Westerners, the Chinese have given greater weight to family and mankind. The consciousness of the individual is contained in the family, and since traditional China considered itself the world, Chinese considered themselves responsible for humankind rather than for the state.”
Hellmut Wilhelm, Understanding the "I Ching": The Wilhelm Lectures on the Book of Changes

Hellmut Wilhelm
“Every position in life is balanced by creating a harmony between the inner self and the surrounding world.”
Hellmut Wilhelm, Understanding the "I Ching": The Wilhelm Lectures on the Book of Changes

Hellmut Wilhelm
“(T)he essential thing is to keep in mind all the strata that go to make up the book. Archaic wisdom from the dawn of time, detached and systematic reflections of the Confucian school in the Chou era, pithy sayings from the heart of the people, subtle thoughts of the leading minds: all these disparate elements have harmonized to create the structure of the book as we know it.”
Hellmut Wilhelm

Lao Tzu
“He who knows other men is discerning;
he who knows himself is intelligent.

He who overcomes others is strong;
he who overcomes himself is mighty.

He who works hard gets wealth;
he who knows when he has enough is truly rich.

He who does not fail in the requirements of his position continues long;
he who dies yet is not forgotten has longevity.”
Lao Tzu

Hellmut Wilhelm
“The situations depicted in the Book of Changes are the primary data of life -- what happens to everybody, every day, and what is simple and easy to understand.”
Hellmut Wilhelm

“Therefore, it is believed that the ancestors return after a lapse of tiem as if to a general and spiritual reservoir from which they will sooner or later unite once more with human bodies and human souls as their stimuli and impulses to life. ... Such is more or less the idea of Confucianism. And the only exception is that all human beings are not viewed as equally immortal. Whoever has harmonized his nature and caused his existence to be so effective as to emanate magical powers because they can transform and act creatively, such a person will not return after death. He will not be a Kuei, but a Shen. Shen means someone divinely effective -- man as hero, who is connected with the entire cultural complex. The duration of the culture is also his duration, because his life endures in the pantheon of this culture.”
Hellmut and Richard Wilhelm

Hellmut Wilhelm
“There are many indications that the hexagrams were the original images from which the trigrams were then later abstracted and that the configurations of double lines are derrived from a still later anaysis.”
Hellmut Wilhelm

Hellmut Wilhelm
“Therefore, the eight trigrams are frequently coordinated with the day, and they can of course also be correlated with the course of the year. ... A cycle of twelve hexagrams from the Book of Changes, the so-called P'i Kua is often also correlated witht he course of the year. ... These eight trigrams, then are coordinated with the times of the day and the cardinal points, and have, in addition, very interesting psychological correlations.”
Hellmut Wilhelm

Shan Sa
“My position at the Palace is our one opportunity. Have confidence in my destiny. Do not weep.”
Shan Sa, Empress

“Time passes, day by day. The greatness of this country lies in the inexorable journey it has taken through time.

Time is like an enormous pot, into which all ugliness and beauty are thrown, all happiness and grief, all life and all death.

Cycle follows cycle, living life and dying death. Only the great River rolls on, unending.”
Yo Yo, Ghost Tide

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