Confucius (c. 551-479 BCE)

“Only one who bursts with eagerness do I instruct; only one who bubbles with excitement, do I enlighten. If I hold up one corner and a man cannot come back to me with the other three, I do not continue the lesson.”

  • The Analects of Confucius (Book VII, section 8) translated by Arthur Waley (Vintage Books, 1989).

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