Favourites on Friday - Eastern Philosophy Quotes: Confucius

Came across a couple of inspiring quotes during the week, which inspired today’s post.  As the first one I came across was by Confucius, thought I’d start with him.  

And a joke that was one of my aunt’s staples – ‘During a lively party, the lights went out, and people started to get worried until someone spoke up.  He told them not to worry, and for everyone to hold their hands up.  They did, at which point the lights came back on.  When they asked him how he’d managed that, he said, ‘Confucius, he say, many hands make light work.’’  I know, it’s a bit of a groan-inducer, but she loved it.  As to whether Confucius ever said that … However he did say …

‘Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall’

‘You cannot open a book without learning something’

‘Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it’

‘Do not impose on others what you yourself do not desire’

‘Learning without thought is labour lost; thought without learning is perilous’

‘Faced with what is right, to leave it undone shows a lack of courage’

‘To know what you know and what you do not know, that is true knowledge’

‘To practice five things under all circumstances constitutes perfect virtue.  These five are gravity, generosity of spirit, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness’

'The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools’

‘I want you to be everything that is you, deep at the centre of your being’

[Pictures are mine]