Portrait by Wu Daozi, 680-740, Tang Dynasty
Quotes of the Day for 14 October 2001 – Confucius
The Chinese teacher and philosopher Confucius was born in the year 551 BC on the 27th day of the 8th month. The Chinese lunar calendar is somewhat confusing for those of us used to the Gregorian calendar - last year the celebration of Confucius' birth was on 24 September, if I'm reading this right today will be celebrated in many countries in Asia.
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The superior man makes the difficulty to be overcome his first interest; success only comes later.
By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and Third, by experience, which is the bitterest.
He who learns but does not think, is lost! He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.
Ignorance is the night of the mind, but a night without moon or star.
Looking at small advantages prevents great affairs from being accomplished.
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