Selected Quotes from Commentary of Zuo: A Historical Foundation for Understanding Falun Dafa (Part 3 of 4)
(Minghui.org) The Commentary of Zuo, or Zuo Zhuan, is an ancient Chinese historical narrative about the chronicle Spring and Autumn Annals. Legend has it that it was compiled by Zuo Qiuming, an official historian of the State of Lu, which is in today's Shandong Province. It covers a period from 722 to 468 BC and focuses mainly on political, economic, cultural, diplomatic, and military affairs from that era.
Also documented in the Commentary of Zuo are heavenly principles, divine inspirations, and cosmic portents, as well as commentary on various aspects of social life, which the author considered worth mentioning as a reminder.
Many Chinese sayings and idioms in the Commentary of Zuo promote traditional culture and moral values, which were instrumental in building the foundation for today's people to understand Falun Dafa.
Compiled below are additional quotes from this Chinese classic.
22. A good name represents a person's virtue, and virtue is the foundation of a State. (“Year 24 of Duke Xiang” in Commentary of Zuo)
23. I will assure compliance with what the common people approve of and will correct and not do what they disapprove of. (“Year 31 of Duke Xiang” in Commentary of Zuo)
24. The people's livelihood rests on diligence, which prevents scarcity. (“Year 12 of Duke Xuan” in Commentary of Zuo)
25. Compensation bestowed upon someone who lacks in virtue is the prelude to calamity. (“Year 2 of Duke Min” in Commentary of Zuo)
26. It is difficult to go against the anger of the public. It is not recommended to demand exclusive authority to oneself. (“Year 10 of Duke Xiang” in Commentary of Zuo)
27. To do wrong and not change one's conduct is the first step to ruin. (“Year 7 of Duke Xiang” in Commentary of Zuo)
28. Pride, extravagance, lewdness, and voluptuousness are the prelude to deprivation. (“Year 3 of Duke Yin” in Commentary of Zuo)
29. With the crowd rebellious and trusted subordinates and family members leaving, it will be difficult for one to achieve one's goal. (“Year 4 of Duke Yin” in Commentary of Zuo)