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Portrait by Wu Daozi, 680-740, Tang Dynasty

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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 quotes:

The superior man makes the difficulty to be overcome his first interest; success only comes later.
     - Confucius

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.
     - Confucius

He who learns but does not think, is lost! He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.
     - Confucius

Ignorance is the night of the mind, but a night without moon or star.
     - Confucius

Looking at small advantages prevents great affairs from being accomplished.
     - Confucius

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