I came across a few books on Tibetan history passingly a while back and there was one book I briefly read called “A Tibetan Revolutionary: The Political Life and Times of Bapa Phüntso Wangye” written by Melvyn Goldstein, Dawei Sherap, William R. Siebenschuh.
What sticks out in my mind about the book is this quote by itself on an entire page at the start of the book. “Tibetans are ruined by hope, Chinese are ruined by suspicion.” It was credited as a “-Traditional Tibetan Saying” but I’ve never heard the saying before, and I still don’t fully understand the meaning or what it implies but I found it really interesting. I posted this here because I was wondering if anyone else on this blog has ever heard this saying and or completely understands what it is implying and/or why it is implying this notion. Feel free to post your own perception of what this possibly means. I’ll post back here myself as well if I get a better understanding of this “traditional Tibetan saying”.