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May-ling Soong Chiang

"There is no shadow of protection to be had by sheltering behind the slender stockades of visionary speculation, or by hiding behind the wagon-wheels of pacific theories."

May-ling Soong Chiang, in Herald Tribune (1938)

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"I am convinced that we must train not only the head, but the heart and hand as well."

May-ling Soong Chiang, This is Our China (1940)

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"As soon as one works for personal glory the work suffers. Only work for the sake of the work itself and the good it can do deserves success."

May-ling Soong Chiang, This is Our China (1940)

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"What you would have well done, you must do yourself. You cannot leave it to others. Occasional brilliant strokes do not accomplish as much as the steady wielding of the brush."

May-ling Soong Chiang, This is Our China (1940)

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"Every Chinese is a personality. He will always think for himself. He has an ancient and magnificent culture, a sense of justice, a love of freedom."

May-ling Soong Chiang, in Emily Hahn, The Soong Sisters (1941)

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"Every clique is a refuge for incompetence. It fosters corruption and disloyalty, it begets cowardice, and consequently is a burden upon and a drawback to the progress of the country. Its instincts and actions are those of the pack."

May-ling Soong Chiang, in Emily Hahn, The Soong Sisters (1941)

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"Prayer ... is more than meditation. ... In meditation the source of strength is one's self. When one prays he goes to a source of strength greater than his own."

May-ling Soong Chiang, in her pamphlet, I Confess My Faith (1943)

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"One cannot expect to be conscious of God's presence when one has only a bowing acquaintance with Him."

May-ling Soong Chiang, in her pamphlet, I Confess My Faith (1943)

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"We forget that often great success comes to us in the shadow of apparent failure."

May-ling Soong Chiang, The Sure Victory (1955)

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"In all efforts there is bound to be some disillusionment. We dream higher than we build."

May-ling Soong Chiang, The Sure Victory (1955)

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"Character cannot be counterfeited, nor can it be put on and cast off as if it were a garment to fit the whim of the moment. Day by day we become what we do. This is the supreme law and logic of life."

May-ling Soong Chiang

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"My good health is due to a soup made of white doves. It is simply wonderful."

May-ling Soong Chiang

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"We write our own destiny. We become what we do."

May-ling Soong Chiang

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"We live in the present, we dream in the future, and we learn eternal truths from the past."

May-ling Soong Chiang

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May-ling Soong Chiang, Chinese sociologist, educator, reformer
(1899 - 2003)

More widely known as Madame Chiang Kai-shek, May-ling (or Mei-ling) Soong was First Lady of the Republic of China.