Wednesday, February 27, 2008

The First Political Conservative?

The following is a partial quote of an ancient Chinese philosopher, Laotse (530 B.C.? - ?) and an explanation of that quote by the Chinese writer Lin Yutang from Lin's book, "From Pagan to Christian":

" 'Govern a country as you would fry a small fish,' that is, one should not continually turn it over, when the fish might become paste. The great art of government was to leave the people alone."

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