Ancient Chinese Educational Quotes ( Part Two)

My last post talked about several famous ancient Chinese Educational Quotes by Confucius. Confucius, as I said in the last post, has thousands of intelligent words regarding education. Here are some more educational quotes by Confucius, which would help you set up the right attitude towards learning.

Confucius is a great Chinese educator and is admired by many. People built temples for him around the country. This statue of him is in the Confucius temple in Beijing, China. (Photo by Melinda van den Brink)

Confucius is a great Chinese educator and is admired by many people all over the world. People built temples for him around the country. This statue of him is in the Confucius temple in Beijing, China. (Photo by Melinda van den Brink)

Quote One: 

Confucius said:”I have yet turned away anyone who comes with gifts as small
as a bundle of dried meat.”

One of Confucius’ educational ideas is that anyone should have the right to have a good education. Nobody should be kept from learning by poor situations. Confucius accepts students without looking at their background. What is important for a student is the desire and sincerity to education.

Quote Two:

A high ranking officer asks Zi Gong:”Isn’t your Master a sage? How is it that he
has so many abilities?” Zi Gong replied:” Because heaven wants to make him a sage,
with many talents.” Confucius on hearing this, said:”The official does not know me well.
I was poor when young. So I am skilled in menial matters. Should a gentleman
have many abilities? I do not think so.” Zi Kai said:”Confucius said:’I was not recruited
into office, thus I picked up some skill.’”

This quote’s main point is that difficulties makes one learn. We face many kinds of hardships through life. If we can deal with the challenges, we can learn from them, instead of being beaten by them. Thus, we should appreciate the difficulties. We would never improve if everything is easy on us.

Quote Three:

Confucius said:”Do I have wisdom? No, I do not have. If someone is to ask me
a question, I do not think I would be able to answer. But I will point out two sides of the
problem, to help him solve the problem.”

Does Confucius really lack wisdom? No, he is actually really intelligent. But true smart people do not brag how smart they are, because those who are not smart have to say they are smart to cover the truth. Another idea in this quote is that we should be able to look both sides when dealing with a problem. That is the best way to solve a problem.

Quote Four:

Confucius said:”I once spent all day thinking without taking food and all night
thinking without going to sleep, but I found that I gained nothing. It would have been
better for me to have spent the time on learning.”

It is no use to think about learning instead of actually taking the action to learn. This quote tells us that thinking without knowledge is a waste of time, so let’s stop “thinking” about starting the homework in another five minutes, but actually starts doing the homework right now.

Again, for more ancient Chinese quotes, check Chinese Wiki and Confucius Quotes.

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