Cultures

Both old oriental wisdom and modern liberal western thoughts always amaze us, we find them different, but also surprisingly similar in many ways – in the end, wisdom is universal. You are welcome to email us not just for job requests, but also for some “useless” talks and discussion. Here are some quotes from Chinese and Western philosophers to share with you.
无论是东方的智慧还是西方的现代思想,都让我们着迷。它们虽然非常不同,但是又惊人的相似—毕竟,人类的智慧是相通的。欢迎邮件我们,聊聊“无用”的话题。以下是我们摘取的中国和西方哲学家的语录,与您分享。

©吴冠中 Wu Guanzhong

Lao-tzu 老子

– 尽人事 知天命

Do one’s best and leave the rest to Heaven’s (God’s) will.

上善若水。水善利万物而不争,居众人之所恶,故几于道。

The highest good is like water.

The goodness is that it benefits the ten thousand creatures;

Yet itself does not scramble,

But it is content with the places that all men disdain.

It makes water so near to the Way.

©朱耷 Zhu Da

Chuang Tzu 庄子

– 井蛙不可以语于海者,拘于虚也;夏虫不可以语于冰者,笃于时也;曲士不可以语于道者,拘于教也。

You can’t talk to a well frog about ocean, as it is limited by its vision;

You can’t talk to a summer insect about ice, as it is limited to its sense of time;

You can’t talk to a narrow-minded person about the Way, as he is restricted to his learning.

– 子非鱼,安知鱼之乐?子非我,安知我不知鱼之乐?

You are not fish, how would you understand fish’s enjoyment?

You are not me, how would you know that I don’t understand fish’s enjoyment?

©赵无极 Zhao Wuji

Jean Jacques Rousseau 让-雅克·卢梭

– Real freedom does not mean that you can do anything you want, rather you can reject what you do not want to do.

-自由并不意味着随心所欲,而是拥有拒绝的权利。

– Life itself has no value, its value lies in how to use it.

-人生本身并没有什么价值,人生的价值在于如何经历和度过。

Bertrand Russell 伯特兰·罗素

– Diversity is essential to happiness.

参差多态,乃是幸福本源。

– Democracy is the process by which people choose the man who’ll get the blame.

民主就是人民选出一个人,用来指责。

– The Chinese, of all classes, are more laughter loving than any other race with which I am acquainted; they find amusement in everything, and a dispute can always be softened by a joke.

中国人,包括各阶层的人,比我所了解的任何民族都更喜欢开玩笑。他们对任何事物都有欣赏之趣往往一个严肃的争论却化为一个笑语而告终结。