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html Confucius, whose name literally means "Master Kong", lived 551-479 BCE. He was a Chinese thinker and philosopher, whose teachings have deeply influenced not onl y Asian thought and life. He presented himself as a "transmitter who invented no thing" and he really pointed out the importance of learning, which is one reason he is seen by Chinese people as "The Greatest Master". One of the best known sources of Confucius are The Analects, a collection of his teachings, which was compiled many years after his death. A fountain of extreme ly mindful quotes springs from these ancient descriptions. Many of them are universal and timeless in their beautiful and simple truth and they are as valid today as on the day they left Confucius mouth. Here we take a l ook at 10 of the most inspiring quotes by Confucius. Confucius says 1. "Never impose on others what you would not choose for yourself." It s the "Golden Rule" and the essence of real compassion . Not compassion as in l ooking down on someone and have pity for another, this is no real compassion. Co mpassion means seeing another person 100% equal to yourself (in value, not in di fferentials on the surface which ultimately do not matter). In fact it is seeing yourself in every other person. And therefore you cannot harm anyone without al so harming yourself. It doesn t mean to lose individuality or self-worth, on the contrary person earns the same gift. 2. "Real knowledge is to know the extent of one s ignorance." That s my personal favorite quote since it expresses something very profound which also is very useful to know: Ignorance is a willful neglect or refusal to acqui re knowledge. It is not widen one s own perspective in order to see a broader trut h. As an example it would be to have racist thoughts and not realizing that all men are equal. The ultimate truth therefore is where there is absolutely no ignorance, meaning where the perspective or consciousness has become one with all that there is. In Buddhism ignorance (Avidya) is seen as the primary cause of suffering. Liberati on is Enlightenment. Another quote by Confucius here is "Ignorance is the night of the mind, but a night without moon and star." 3. "I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand." Those quotes are just perfect. What he is expressing here is that we have to exp erience something ourselves in order to really understand it. If we are hearing something it might be interesting. If we are seeing something it might be beauti ful. But only if we feel in happening to ourselves we can really know how it is. Picture something nice as winning an Olympic gold medal or picture something ter rifying as the loss of a loved one. Can you know this by hearing it or by seeing it? Or do you have to do it and experience it yourself to really know it? Along with this realization comes the awareness that you cannot understand someo ne or his actions from hearing or seeing it from the outside. You have to feel e mpathic compassion for him to really know what it is like. To know and not to do is really not to know. Only by applying our knowledge we can validate it s harmon y with reality, it s truth. but the other

This reflection of any knowledge also saves us from blindly following any k nowledge without checking its truthfulness and validity to us." Amazing. The n we are able to really see again. do it fully. reflection without study is dange rous" is a similar quote by Confucius. but in getting up every time we do. Reflection of that what we learned by thinking or of the results we get by applying the knowledge. And in this natural perfection lies beauty. "Study without reflection is a waste of time. And it is the only straight way to liberation. "Our greatest glory is not in never falling. 6. go with all your heart. It is the essence of Carpe Diem Seizing the day and it s surely the be st way to be satisfied with what we do and get the best results. Here we have to look at things as they are.4. "He who learns but does not think. "He that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Or as Thomas Edison about inventing the light bulb said: "I have not failed. A quote expressing the same principle is "A man who has committed a mistake and doesn t correct it." Whatever you do and whatever you commit to. I think everybody experienced learning when we really want this knowledge and in terweave it with what we already know. is committing another mistake. the inferior man is aware of adv antage." 8." Confucius explains the connection of learning and reflection. If we want to hold speeches we have to become good with communication skills. It calls for dropping the inner mask through which we constantly see an d evaluate the world. we can see that everything in nature is as it should be. distorted by our wants and belief-systems. "Wheresoever you go. is lost. "The Superior Man is aware of Righteousness. with what we already know and what is useful for us. 5." There is no failure. without instant labeling of what we see and t herefore only really seeing our label.000 ways that won t work. He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger." This quote calls for planning and preparation. If we want to win a race we have . give your all one hundr ed percent. I ve just found 10 . Just like a newborn child would look at things." It is the value of i ntegrity: Do we act to our best knowledge of truth or do we bend ourselves and v iolate our integrity in order to gain an advantage? Do we play fair game or use perfidious tactics? To be truthful to ourselves is also important to the development of (good) chara cter. 9. there are only valuable learning experiences. the consume knowledge much more effective than it happens for students in many universities. but not everyone sees it. "Everything has beauty." Another quote is "The object of the superior man is truth. If we become able to do this just for a s econd without judgment. 7. but learning and then improving by using this feedback to get better and ultimately succeed. Learning is only useful if we connect the learning within our own minds. If there is a need or problem we want to solve. This includes getting and improvi ng the personal skills we need to be successful." The important thing is not giving up.

read about it here. we should turn inwards and exam ine ourselves. 10. If we want to do a big project we need knowledge in project man agement. "If you look into your own heart. . and you find nothing wrong there. "When we see men of a contrary character. It is the Inside-Ou t approach: success and happiness can only be found by working on ourselves. It also entails the spiritual message to look inside and to discover ourselves full train for it. Steven Covey calls it Sharpening the saw." The solution to problems is not "out there". what is there to worry about? What is there to fear?" It shows that our primary work lies within ourselves: to work on ourselves and i mprove will automatically take care of the outside world if we use our abilities then.