Art of Living from Chinese Philosophers

In China, there is a saying: wise men talk about wisdom, fools talk about rubbish. Let’s see what those famous Chinese philosophers tell us about life? I believe if we live by their wisdom, we will be wiser than we think we are.

Confucius

  1. It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.
  2. Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.
  3. The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.
  4. Wherever you go, go with all your heart.
  5. Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
  6. What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.
  7. Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.
  8. Silence is a true friend who never betrays.
  9. When anger rises, think of the consequences.
  10. He who speaks without modesty will find it difficult to make his words good.
  11. The more man meditates upon good thoughts; the better will be his world and the world at large.
  12. When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.

Mencius

  1. We live, not as we wish to, but as we can.
  2. Evil exists to glorify the good.
  3. The great man is he who does not lose his child’s heart.

Lao Tzu

  1. The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
  2. Being deeply loved by someone gives you strength, while loving someone deeply gives you courage.
  3. Great acts are made up of small deeds.
  4. Silence is a source of great strength.
  5. Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them – that only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.
  6. When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be.
  7. Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.
  8. When you are content to be simply yourself and don’t compare or compete, everybody will respect you.
  9. If you would take, you must first give, this is the beginning of intelligence.
  10. Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.
  11. He who is contented is rich.
  12. When the best leader’s work is done, the people say, ‘We did it ourselves.’

Sun Tzu

  1. The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.
  2. Victorious warriors win first and then go to war, while defeated warriors go to war first and then seek to win.

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