Day 4: January 4 – The Best Of Men Are But Men At Best

Humble Administrator’s Garden, Suzhou



The sage holds in his embrace the one thing (of humility), and manifests it to all the world.

He is free from self- display, and therefore he shines;

from self-assertion, and therefore he is distinguished;

from self-boasting, and therefore his merit is acknowledged;

from self-complacency, and therefore he acquires superiority.

It is because he is thus free from striving that therefore no one in the world is able to strive with him.

~ Tao Dejing, Chapter 22


On This Day

1785: Birth of the father of fairytales, Jacob Grimm. Grimm’s Fairy Tales is an anthology of fairytales that include Snow White, The Frog Prince, Hansel and Gretel, Rumpelstiltskin, Cinderella, The Brave Little Tailor,The Wolf and the Seven Little Kids and Sleeping Beauty.

1797: Napoleon defeats the Austrians at the Battle of Rivoli.

1809: Louis Braille, French deviser of an alphabet for the blind, is born.

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