Day 13: January 13 – Pride Goes Before A Fall

~ The Marble Boat, Summer Palace Beijing

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Garden Obelisk

The Master said,

The superior man is easy to serve and difficult to please. If you try to please him in any way which is not accordant with right, he will not be pleased. But in his employment of men, he uses them according to their capacity.

The mean man is difficult to serve, and easy to please. If you try to please him, though it be in a way which is not accordant with right, he may be pleased. But in his employment of men, he wishes them to be equal to everything.

The Master said,

The superior man has a dignified ease without pride. The mean man has pride without a dignified ease.

~ The Analects of Confucius

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On This Day

86 BC: Roman general and consul Gaius Marius dies insane.

1599: English poet Edmund Spenser dies.

1625: Flemish painter Pieter Bruegel ‘the Elder’ dies.

1628: Charles Perrault, French author of Mother Goose, is born.

1898: Louis Carroll, writer of Alice in Wonderland, dies.

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