friendship with elderly peasants


Association with city people

is not as good as friendship with elderly

peasants. Calling on upper-class mansions is not

as good as getting to know peasant homes. Listening

to the talk of the streets and alleys is not as good as hearing

the songs of the woodcutters and shepherds. Talking

about the moral failures and professional blunders

of people today is not as good as retelling

the fine words and noble deeds

of people of old.


Huanchu Daoren