Day 5: January 5 – No Good Building Without A Good Foundation

The Garden of Cultivation, Suzhou



Things have their roots and their branches. Affairs have their end and their beginning.

Wishing to order well their States, they first regulated their families.

Wishing to regulate their families, they first cultivated their persons.

Wishing to cultivate their persons, they first rectified their hearts.

Wishing to rectify their hearts, they first sought to be sincere in their thoughts.

Wishing to be sincere in their thoughts, they first extended to the utmost of their knowledge.

Such extension of knowledge lay in the investigation of things.

~ The Great Learning


On This Day

1066: Death of Edward the Confessor, the only English king who ever became a saint.

1589: Catherine de’ Medici dies.

1592: Shah Jahan, the man who built the Taj Mahal, is born.

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