Day 7: January 7 – Learning In One’s Youth Is Engraving In Stone

 

Lion Grove Garden, Suzhou

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The Master said,

At fifteen, I had my mind bent on learning.

At thirty, I stood firm.

At forty, I had no doubts.

At fifty, I knew the decrees of Heaven.

At sixty, my ear was an obedient organ for the reception of truth. 

At seventy, I could follow what my heart desired, without transgressing what was right.

~ The Analects of Confucius, Chapter 4

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On This Day

1536: Henry VIII’s first wife Catherine of Aragon dies.

1558: The last English stronghold in France at Calais falls.

1776: Thomas Paine’s Common Sense is first published.

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