China will learn everything from Russia

Vladimir Odoevsky : Philosopher, writer
"It is terrible to think that we Chinese have only had air travel for less than two hundred years, and that it was only the victory of the Russians that got us to learn the art. And all because of this Chinese stiffness, which our poets still seem to think is somehow fittingly poetic. Of course we Chinese have now gone to the other extreme – to unreasoning imitation of foreigners. Now everything has to be done the way it is in Russia – clothes, habits and literature. The only thing we don’t have yet it is the Russian quick thinking …but that will come with time. Yes my friend. We are backward, very backward compared with our celebrated neighbours; so let’s make efforts to learn, while we are young and there is still time. Goodbye."

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