Bit By Bit

Another interesting quote by the famous Chinese-Confucian scholar, Xunzi (荀子 314-217 BC):

Pile  up the earth to make a mountain and wind and rain will rise up from it.  Pile up water to make a deep pool and dragons will appear.  Pile up good deeds to create virtue and godlike understanding will come of itself; there the mind of the sage will find completion.  But unless you pile up little steps, you can never journey a thousand li; unless you pile up tiny streams, you can never make a river or sea.  The finest thoroughbred cannot travel tend paces in one leap, but the sorriest nag can go a ten day’s journey.  Achievement consists of never giving up. (pg 18)

Just like learning a language, it can take a long, long time, but anything worthwhile in life can be achieved if you never give up.


Author: Doug

A fellow who dwells upon the Pale Blue Dot who spends his days obsessing over things like Buddhism, KPop music, foreign languages, BSD UNIX and science fiction.

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