The Wisdom of Ancient China (Quotes)

By Michael Quesada March 04, 2018

The Wisdom of Ancient China (Quotes)

 

China is the oldest civilization on Earth, which means they have had a lot of time to produce some of the most influential thinkers the world has ever known.

Most of the following philosophers lived during the Warring States and 100 schools of thought periods.  Confucius and Lao Tzu, the two most influential, were contemporaries, and at one point Confucius actually travelled to meet Lao Tzu, since he was known far and wide as the wisest man in China. 

While there is much more to Chinese historical philosophy, the following are 13 of my personal favorites quotes from the ancients masters.

 

1. “If three of us travel together, I shall find two teachers.”
- Confucius

The Wisdom of Ancient China (Quotes)

 

2. “Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength,
while loving someone deeply gives you courage.”
- Lao-Tzu

The Wisdom of Ancient China (Quotes)

 

 3. “He or she who knows that enough is enough
will always have enough.” 
- Lao-Tzu

The Wisdom of Ancient China (Quotes

 
4. “By three methods we may learn wisdom:
First, by reflection, which is noblest;
Second, by imitation, which is easiest;
and third by experience, which is the bitterest.”
- Confucius

 

The Wisdom of Ancient China (Quotes) 

 

5. "Men's natures are alike, it is their habits that carry them far apart."
- Confucius

 

The Wisdom of Ancient China (Quotes)

 

6. “Truth uttered before its time is always dangerous.”
- Mengzi

The Wisdom of Ancient China (Quotes)

 

7. "To know what you know, and what you do not know. 
That is true knowledge."
- Confucius

The Wisdom of Ancient China (Quotes)

 

 8. If you are depressed, you are living in the past.
If you are anxious, you are living in the future.
If you are at peace, you living in the present.
- Lao-Tzu

The Wisdom of Ancient China (Quotes)

 

9. We cling to our own point of view as though everything depended on it,
yet our opinions have no permanence. 
Like autumn and winter, they gradually fade away
- Chuang-Tzu

The Wisdom of Ancient China (Quotes)

 

10. “Only when man will not do some things, will he do great things.”
- Mengzi

 

The Wisdom of Ancient China (Quotes)

 

11. "If you know your enemy, and you know yourself,
the results of 100 battles you should not fear.”
- Sun Tzu

 The Wisdom of Ancient China (Quotes)

 

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