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Quotes of the Day for 28 September 2002 – Confucius

The birthday of Confucius in 551 BC was recorded under the Chinese lunar calendar, so I neve know when it will come up. Fortunately, in Taiwan it has been set to today on the Gregorian, so I've chosen a few pearls from the teacher.

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The quotes:

The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell.

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 wishes to secure the good of others has already secured his own.

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

They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.

What is the sound of one hand clapping?
     - Today's quotes are all from Confucius, c.551 - 479 BC


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