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“'O great and mighty Master Li, pray impart to me the Secret of Wisdom!' he bawled.

'Take a large bowl,' I said. 'Fill it with equal measures of fact, fantasy, history, mythology, science, superstition, logic, and lunacy. Darken the mixture with bitter tears, brighten it with howls of laughter, toss in three thousand years of civilization, bellow kan pei — which means "dry cup" — and drink to the dregs.'

Procopius stared at me. 'And I will be wise?' he asked.

'Better,' I said. 'You will be Chinese.'”
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Barry Hughart
“'O great and mighty Master Li, pray impart to me the Secret of Wisdom!' he bawled.

'Take a large bowl,' I said. 'Fill it with equal measures of fact, fantasy, history, mythology, science, superstition, logic, and lunacy. Darken the mixture with bitter tears, brighten it with howls of laughter, toss in three thousand years of civilization, bellow kan pei — which means "dry cup" — and drink to the dregs.'

Procopius stared at me. 'And I will be wise?' he asked.

'Better,' I said. 'You will be Chinese.'”
Barry Hughart, Bridge of Birds

Barry Hughart
“Master Li, how are we going to murder a man who laughs at axes?" I asked.

We are going to experiment, dear boy. Our first order of business will be to find a deranged alchemist, which should not be very difficult. China," said Master Li, "is overstocked with deranged alchemists.”
Barry Hughart, Bridge of Birds

Barry Hughart
“The emotional health of a village depended upon having a man whom everyone loved to hate, and Heaven had blessed us with two of them.”
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“'Immortality is only for the gods,' he whispered. 'I wonder how they can stand it.'”
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“Fable has strong shoulders that carry far more truth than fact can.”
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