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Re: Investigation of things

May 13, 2011 04:52 AM
by Magda Loios

"The Great Learning" is attributed to Confucius, and this quote is from
the translation by James Legge (1815-1897)

Regards, Magda


--- In, "Magda Loios" <magdaloios@...> wrote:
>   Dear friends,
> "The ancients, who wished to illustrate illustrious virtue throughout
> the kingdom, first ordered well their own States. Wishing to order
> 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
> Wishing to be sincere in their thoughts, they first extended to the
> utmost their knowledge. Such extension of knowledge lay in the
> investigation of things.
> Things being investigated, knowledge became complete. Their knowledge
> being complete, their thoughts were sincere. Their thoughts being
> sincere, their hearts were then rectified. Their hearts being
> their persons were cultivated. Their persons being cultivated, their
> families were regulated. Their families being regulated, their States
> were rightly governed. Their States being rightly governed, the whole
> kingdom was made tranquil and happy. [1]
> Best regards, Magda
> *****
> [1] "The Great Learning" by James Legge
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