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Published on June 2nd, 2013 | by Yellow Magpie

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Confucius Quotes: The Originator Of Confucian Philosophy

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Here is Yellow Magpie’s pick of the very best Confucius quotes.

‘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.’

‘Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.’

‘Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.’

‘It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve; and bad things are very easy to get.’

‘The superior man, when resting in safety, does not forget that danger may come. When in a state of security he does not forget the possibility of ruin. When all is orderly, he does not forget that disorder may come. Thus his person is not endangered, and his States and all their clans are preserved.’

Confucius Quotes Painting By Wu Daozi

‘Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.’

‘If I am walking with two other men, each of them will serve as my teacher. I will pick out the good points of the one and imitate them, and the bad points of the other and correct them in myself.’

‘It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.’

‘The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large.’

‘Do not impose on others what you yourself do not desire.’

‘Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure.’

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