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“Ultra-nationalism” stands naked as nothing but a euphemism for the worship of violence in service of autocratic goals. Liu Xiaobo

Author: Liu Xiaobo. Origin: From No Enemies, No Hatred: Selected Essays and Poems, pag.83 "Ultra-nationalism" stands naked as nothing but a euphemism for the worship...

China’s censorship is not as rigorous as everyone thinks. The self-censorship of the authors is much worse. Yan Lianke

Origin: From the documentary "China on China, Culture for Billions" by Schulz Contreras, Lisbet & Jarnebrink, Lollo. "China's censorship is not as rigorous as everyone...

If you’ve a friend who knows your heart, Distance can’t keep you two apart. Wang Bo

Origin: "Farewell to Perfect Du" (许渊冲大师翻译), in Song of the Immortals: An Anthology of Classical Chinese Poetry, trans. Yuanchong Xu (Penguin Books, 1994), p....

To understand is difficult; to act is easy. Sun Yat-sen

Meaning: It's important to think and try to understand before acting. Origin: "Dr. Sun Yat-sen, father of the Chinese Republic, realised the detrimental effects of...

Whoever criticizes others must have something to replace them. Mozi

Origin: Mozi, Book 4; Universal Love III Meaning: Criticism without constructivism is pointless. 非人者必有以易之,若非人而無以易之,譬之猶以水救火也,其說將必無可焉。Whoever criticizes others must have something to replace them. Criticism without suggestion is like...

A journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step. Laozi

Origin: The quotation is from Chapter 64 of the Tao Te Ching ascribed to Laozi. Meaning: even the longest and most difficult ventures have a...

A frog in a well cannot conceive of the ocean. Zhuangzi

Meaning: of a person who has limited outlook and life experience. From Zhuangzi. 莊子/秋水 Zhuang Zhou (commonly known as Zhuangzi, 庄子, literally "Master Zhuang"), was...

“To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous.” Confucius

Origin of the quote: Chapter II, Analects, an ancient Chinese book composed of a collection of sayings and ideas attributed to the Chinese philosopher...

“When our thousands of Chinese students abroad return home, you will see how China will transform itself”, Deng Xiaoping

Origin of the quote: Robert Hormats, vice chairman of Kissinger Associates, recalls meeting with Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping in the 1970s, when the nation...
 

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