In China conservatism was carried to the extreme, so that people could only converse in platitudes and clichés, in conventional and expected phrases. No departure from this rigid formulation was permitted. After a thousand years this bred its own evils. The Empire, and its civilization, fell apart. Changes came in quickening succession. Then came the climax--Mao Tse-tung's brand of Communism, with its own special kind of changes.
-- Notebooks Category 15: The Orient > Chapter 3: China, Japan, Tibet > # 14