Many of the greatest thinkers the world has ever known were born in ancient China. Confucius (6th-5th century BCE) and his protégés, Mencius (4th-3rd century BCE) and Xunzi (4th-3rd Century BCE), were three of these great minds. Here are 15 wise quotes from the Confucian school of philosophy written by the three above-mentioned men.
Quotes from Confucius were translated by Arthur Waley (Vintage Books, 1989).
Quotes from Mencius were translated by D. C. Lau (Penguin Classics, 2004).
Quotes from Xunzi were translated by Burton Watson (Columbia University Press, 1996).
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