Confucius Says…

This week, we visited Qufu, China, the birthplace of Confucius. The teachings of this famous Chinese thinker have deeply influenced the Chinese way of life. His philosophy emphasized personal and governmental morality, positive social relationships, and justice.

Qufu Map

Since we are in this part of the world, I thought it appropriate to share my favorite Confucius sayings:confucius-1

  • Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it.
  • Ignorance is the night of the mind, but a night without moon and star.
  • It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.
  • Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in getting up every time we do.
  • The man who seeks revenge should dig two graves.
  • I have never met a man who seeks more for wisdom than he does a woman.
  • If a man takes no thought about what is distant, he will find sorrow near at hand.
  • Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous.
  • Recompense injury with justice, and recompense kindness with kindness.
  • The cautious seldom err.
  • The superior man cannot be known in little matters, but he may be entrusted with great concerns. The small man may not be entrusted with great concerns, but he may be known in little matters.
  • The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.
  • Things that are done, it is needless to speak about…things that are past, it is needless to blame.
  • Virtue is not left to stand alone. He who practices it will have neighbors.
  • What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.
  • When you know a thing, to hold that you know it; and when you do not know a thing, to allow that you do not know it – this is knowledge.
  • To go beyond is as wrong as to fall short.

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