Daniel Sanderson, "An Interview with Pierre Ryckmans," Chinese Studies Association of Australia Newsletter
, No. 41 (February 2011), rpt. China Heritage Quarterly
, No. 26 (June 2011), Ryckmans speaking:
We are often tempted to do research on topics that are somewhat marginal and lesser-known, since, on these, it is easier to produce original work. But one of my Chinese masters gave me a most valuable advice: 'Always devote yourself to the study of great works—works of fundamental importance—and your effort will never be wasted.'