Friday, June 18, 2021

Sayings of Confucius 孔子語錄


孔子 Confucius
孔 hole, aperture, opening, orifice, Confucius, eyelet
孔夫子 Confucius

Take a look at the Analects of Confucius: Sayings about Learning

sān rén xíng, bì yǒu wǒ shī 

This well-known Chinese idiom is literally translated into English as "When I walk along with two others, from at least one I will be able to learn" (James Legge). Nowadays, this wise saying is commonly interpreted as "You have something to learn from everyone".

The idiom certainly derives from "The Analects" which is one of the most important texts of Confucianism. This famous collection of ideas attributed to Confucius is thought to have been written by the philosopher’s followers.

Another phrase: 

xué ér bù sī zé wǎng sī ér bù xué zé dài 
To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous.

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