My culture, the culture of the western U.S., is too new to have anything comparable to the deep threads of wisdom that run through Asia. We have 'horse sense', but it isn't necessarily beautiful to read (though I'd argue that Teresa Jordan came close in Riding the White Horse Home). Maybe that's why I'm drawn to ancient texts like the Art of War and the Book of the Samurai. These were people who had a lot of time to think ... far more time than we do ... and they had generations to practice their epiphanys until they got them right.
Here's one of my favorite quotes from The Book of the Samurai: "A person whose spirit collapses in the face of misfortune is of no use." Rock on, ancient warriors.