Hsün Tzu, Basic Writings
. Translated by Burton Watson (New York: Columbia University Press, 1996), p. 19:
Where does learning begin and where does it end? I say that as to
program, learning begins with the recitation of the Classics and ends with
the reading of the ritual texts; and as to objective, it begins with learning
to be a man of breeding, and ends with learning to be a sage. If you truly
pile up effort over a long period of time, you will enter into the highest
realm. Learning continues until death and only then does it cease.
Therefore we may speak of an end to the program of learning, but the
objective of learning must never for an instant be given up. To pursue it is
to be a man, to give it up is to become a beast.