Ancient Chinese Educational Quotes

Education has been valued important since long time ago no matter in what country. China is a county with long history. Confucius, as a great educator in ancient China, has hundreds of great educational sayings. This post will introduce some of the famous quotes of Confucius or his excellent students. Also, check these two posts on Motivational Quotes to Continue Your Education and Thought-Provoking Educational Quotes for some great inspiration for your education.

Confucius said: "To learn and then practice it again and again is a pleasure, is itnot? To have friends coming from afar to share each other learning is a pleasure, is it not? To be unperturbed when not appreciated by others is gentlemanly, is it not?"-in Chinese (Photo by Sonya's arts&crafts)

Confucius said: “To learn and then practice it again and again is a pleasure, is it
not? To have friends coming from afar to share each other learning is a pleasure, is it not?
To be unperturbed when not appreciated by others is gentlemanly, is it not?”-in Chinese (Photo by Sonya’s arts&crafts)

Quote One:

Confucius said: “To learn and then practice it again and again is a pleasure, is it
not? To have friends coming from afar to share each other learning is a pleasure, is it not?
To be unperturbed when not appreciated by others is gentlemanly, is it not?”

This quote means practice makes perfect. We should be happy while learning. We should also enjoy learning by sharing with others, because communication can make you learn much more from other people. And if we will not be angry when others do not appreciate us, that means we are the ones who have manners. We should face the disagreement or disapprove calmly and positively.

Quote Two: 

Confucius said:”One is worthy of being or becoming a teacher if one is able to
derive new understanding while revising what he has learned.”

This quote means that we should have our own ideas while learning and be creative. If we can not only learn what teachers teach us, but also have your own interpretation, we are able to teach others. Making the knowledge your own means you truly get the idea and add yours with it. That is the ultimate learning result.

Quote Three: 

Confucius said:”To learn without thinking, one will be lost in his learning. To
think without learning, one will be imperiled.”

This quote emphasizes the importance of combining leaning and thinking. Some people may be hard-working but still get bad grade if they do not think and understand what they are learning. Some people may be a thinker and intelligent, but they will go nowhere if they do not learn more to enrich themselves. So we should be careful not to study blindly without using our brain, and not to overestimate ourselves and think we do not have to study the basic knowledge.

Quote Four: 

Confucius said:” To merely know is nothing compared to being interested to
know, being interested to know is nothing compared to deriving joy from learning it.”

This quote tells us about the different levels of doing things, including learning. If one does not care about education, it is most likely that they will lack the knowledge to achieve anything. If one does care about education and is interested in what he or she is learning, that is much better than the one who does not care. However, the best level of doing things is to enjoy what you are doing. That is what is going to carry you far.

For more ancient Chinese quotes, check Chinese Wiki and Confucius Quotes.

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