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Wisdom of the Ages: 15 Proverbs from Confucius for Modern Living


Confucius was a Chinese philosopher, teacher, and political figure who lived during the Spring and Autumn period of ancient China. He is widely recognized as one of the most influential thinkers in Chinese history, and his teachings have had a profound impact on East Asian culture and society. Confucius believed in the importance of ethical behavior, personal morality, and the importance of education in shaping one's character. His philosophy emphasized the importance of a strong family unit and respectful relationships between individuals and society, and he believed that rulers should lead by example and govern with wisdom and benevolence. His teachings, collected in the Analects, continue to be studied and applied in modern times, influencing not only East Asian culture but also philosophy, education, and politics worldwide.


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


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


"Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it."


"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."


"Study the past if you would define the future."


"Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart."


"Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance."


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


"If you make a mistake and do not correct it, this is called a mistake."


"Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."


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

"The cautious seldom err."


"Silence is a true friend who never betrays."


"Virtue is not left to stand alone. He who practices it will have neighbors."


"What the superior man seeks is in himself; what the small man seeks is in others."

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