1125 – “Stability depends on superior and inferior communicating; there is none when they do not. From ancient times, many a state has fallen because a ruler did not know the affairs of the people.”

-Yongle Emperor Zhu Di

Quote Number: 1126

Source: Brook, Timothy. The Confusions of Pleasure: Commerce and Culture in Ming China. Berkeley: University of California Press. 1998. Pg 33. Online Here from Google Books.

Source Notes: I have been unable to locate the original source of this quote, although I found it cited in several reliable sources. If you know the original source for this quote please leave a comment, thank you.

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