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說苑   By: (77? BC - 6? BC)

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說苑 by Xiang Liu is a collection of ancient Chinese wisdom and aphorisms that offer profound insights into various aspects of life. The book covers a wide range of topics such as ethics, governance, personal development, and relationships.

I found the writing style of Xiang Liu to be elegant and evocative, making the ancient wisdom feel both timeless and relevant to contemporary readers. The aphorisms are concise yet thought-provoking, encouraging introspection and reflection.

One of the highlights of the book is its exploration of the importance of virtue and integrity in both personal and political life. Xiang Liu emphasizes the need for honesty, humility, and compassion, presenting a vision of a harmonious society built on ethical principles.

Overall, 說苑 is a treasure trove of wisdom that offers valuable lessons for readers seeking guidance on how to live a more fulfilling and meaningful life. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in exploring the teachings of ancient Chinese philosophy.

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卷一 君道 晉平公問于師曠曰:“人君之道如何?”對曰:“人君之道清淨無為 ,務在博愛,趨在任賢;廣開耳目,以察万方;不固溺于流俗,不拘系于 左右;廓然遠見,踔然獨立;屢省考績,以臨臣下。此人君之操也。”平 公曰:“善!” 齊宣王謂尹文曰:“人君之事何如?”尹文對曰:“人君之事,無為 而能容下。夫事寡易從,法省易因;故民不以政獲罪也。大道容眾,大德 容下;圣人寡為而天下理矣。書曰:‘睿作圣’。詩人曰:‘岐有夷之行 ,子孫其保之!’”宣王曰:“善!” ... Continue reading book >>

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