After learning the language and culture of the Chinese people, these Jesuits began to establish contacts with the young intellectuals of the country.
No student of Chinese history can say that the Chinese are incapable of religious experience, even when judged by the standards of medieval Europe or pious India.
For all the social changes in China can be traced to their early beginnings in the days when the new tools or vehicles of commerce and locomotion first brought the Chinese people into unavoidable contact with the strange ways and novel goods of the Western peoples.
On the basis of biological, sociological, and historical knowledge, we should recognize that the individual self is subject to death or decay, but the sum total of individual achievement, for better or worse, lives on in the immortality of The Larger.
I’ll lift you and you lift me, and we’ll both ascend together.
And revolutions always mean the breakdown of old authority.
As the blackness of the night recedes so does the nadir of yesterday. The child I am forgets so quickly.
The truth is that I am enslaved… in one vast love affair with 70 children.
Within my own life, I read all the beloved novels by lamps of vegetable oil; I saw the Standard Oil invading my own village, I saw gas lamps in the Chinese shops in Shanghai; and I saw their elimination by electric lights.
Love has the quality of informing almost everything – even one’s work.