Insights From Confucius

12 Mind-Expanding Quotes

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” — Confucius

Food For Thought

Monday Motivation

So here’s the real question…

If a quote is misattributed, does that make the profoundness of it less true…?

(Okay… maybe it depends on the type of quote. 😂)

Today we are highlighting the life and work of Confucius — a man who is rather consistently misquoted.

Nonetheless, here’s your dose of Monday Motivation “from” our main man Confucius…

“The man who asks a question is a fool for a minute, the man who does not ask is a fool for life.”

“Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.”

“Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.”

“The man who says he can, and the man who says he can’t are both correct.”

“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.”

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”

“Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace.”

“The nobler sort of man emphasizes the good qualities in others, and does not accentuate the bad. The inferior does.”

“Your life is what your thoughts make it.”

“We have two lives, and the second begins when we realize we only have one.”

“The superior man does not, even for the space of a single meal, act contrary to virtue. In moments of haste, he cleaves to it. In seasons of danger, he cleaves to it.”

Deep Dive

The Philosophy Of Confucius

In the episode of BBC Radio 4, Melvyn Bragg discusses the philosophy of Confucius, a man whose work and ideas have defined the Chinese culture.

Give it a listen.

Further Reading

The Art of War & Other Classics

“If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.” ―Sun Tzu

Read: The Art of War & Other Classics of Eastern Philosophy


Tickle Torture?

Tickling used to be a form of torture in ancient China. It was performed on nobility because it left no lasting marks and was quick. 😬😬

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