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One of China's Scholars; The Culture & Conversion of a Confucianist (Paperback) Loot Price: R380
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One of China's Scholars; The Culture & Conversion of a Confucianist (Paperback): Mary Geraldine Guinness Taylor, Mrs....

One of China's Scholars; The Culture & Conversion of a Confucianist (Paperback)

Mary Geraldine Guinness Taylor, Mrs. Howard Taylor

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Purchase of this book includes free trial access to www.million-books.com where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: II AS SCHOOLBOY Our little Chinaman has entered the temple of learning. A long vista stretches away before him. Patient and plodding pursuit of knowledge, toil and discipline, self-culture and self-repression?there seems no end to it in the life of a Confucian scholar ! Such a man is not made in a day. He is the product of ages, the embodiment of all that is best and highest in the life of the nation. Forty centuries look down upon him. Moulded and inspired by the wisest sages of his country's past, he belongs to the aristocracy of the land, a class that has governed, for long millenniums, a quarter of the human race. Looked up to by the common people, respected by the highest officials, in turn supporting the wise measures or resisting the exactions of the Government, independent, self-respecting, influential, the man of letters is at once the strength and glory of " the black-haired race." 1 There seems at first an immeasurable distance between our six-year-old schoolboy, with his gayclothing, undisciplined nature and baby mind, and the lofty Confucian ideal of the Princely Man, to which it is hoped he will attain. How much there is he must acquire, both of head knowledge and moral culture. To begin with, the myriad characters of the language await acquaintance, every one of them differing from all the rest, and to be remembered individually, without the aid of any alphabet or systematic connection between them. But this were a simple task compared with the labour of learning to reproduce them in writing. Such an undertaking alone demands years of assiduous toil. Diligence and perseverance are essential, as the little scholar soon discovers, and examples are not wanting to fire his ambition. 1 Li-min, a. Chinese term for themselves. He early learns that Confucius ...


Imprint: General Books LLC
Country of origin: United States
Release date: 2012
First published: 2012
Authors: Mary Geraldine Guinness Taylor • Mrs. Howard Taylor
Dimensions: 246 x 189 x 3mm (L x W x T)
Format: Paperback - Trade
Pages: 52
ISBN-13: 978-0-217-24223-3
Categories: Books
LSN: 0-217-24223-5
Barcode: 9780217242233

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