Chinese Culture

Improve Your Resolve With Ancient Chinese Wisdom

Confucius, 1770. (The Granger Collection, New York via Wikimedia Commons)
Confucius, 1770. (The Granger Collection, New York via Wikimedia Commons)

Have you made headway on your New Year’s resolutions, or have they faded from view already? A journey of a thousand miles begins with a...

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  • Right: A depiction of Zhang Guo Lao riding backward on his donkey. (Yeuan Fang/Epoch Times) Background: A Lakota camp, c. 1891. (John C. Grabill via Shutterstock*)

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  • When Master Qiu gave them a lesson, Student Ah listened attentively and was single-heartedly devoted to learning. Student Bi, however, seemed to be listening, but his mind was on something else. ( Jane Ku/Epoch Times)

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  • The Chinese character 公 (gōng) stands for being fair or just and also describes what is public or common to all people. It is used to refer to a duke or lord.  (Epoch Times)

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  • The Tang Dynasty was widely regarded as the peak of Chinese civilization. (Shutterstock*)

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  • The silly monkeys were quite happy with receiving three chestnuts at dawn and four at dusk, even though they had been unhappy with getting four chestnuts in the morning and three in the evening.
(Mei Xiu/Epoch Times)

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