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ANNALS ON LEARNING
by Xiong Shili (1885 - 1968)
English translation: Sasha Lyapina

Learning is a task that is both arduous and pleasurable. The ability to forget the difficulties and to know only the pleasurable side of studies is a true sign of a scholar. All the worldly wealth and glory cannot compare with or be exchanged for the attainments of learning. The humble life meekly chosen, restrained from worldly desires─this type of life is not a hardship!

People say that I am a secluded, cold figure, but I think if people are not cold and secluded to the extreme, they cannot contribute to world harmony. Anyone who becomes interested in the fundamentals of academic studies will have a spirit developed through solitude.

── from Yidai Kuangzhe Xiong Shili (Wild Philosopher of the Era: Xiong Shili) and others


THE STUDY OF THE MIND
by Mou Zongsan (1909 - 1995)
English translation: Sasha Lyapina

Awareness is equivalent to discovering and awakening to the nature of virtue. Undoubtedly, this awakening does not come out of thin air, it is based on the attainment of experience and knowledge.

Sincerity is an outer expression of the inner mind. It is the true innocence of the inner mind; it is the essence of being observant.

In Taiwanese society, the core of philosophy is called “the knowledge of life,” which refers to the mind and its nature. Thus, one could say that it is the study of the nature of mind. The most mature wisdom is that which can discern between subjective and objective points of view; it is a general principle and an immediate resolution of mutual absorption of ideas.

Human wisdom, no matter what its origins are, upholds sincerity and humility; it naturally develops with time and breadth of experience. Only a non-materialistic life is an authentic one, because it signifies life’s true qualities.

── from Mou Zongsan Xiansheng Quanji (The Complete Works of Mister Mou Zongsan)