These sayings from Confucius reflect the values of learning, quest and continuous self-improvement practiced and preached by the Great Teacher. They resonate with Viktor Frankl’s distinction between knowledge and wisdom. Indeed, we can paraphrase an ancient observation and say: I learn, therefore I am.
You cannot open a book without learning something.
Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.
To know what you know and what you do not know, that is true knowledge.
He who learns but does not think, is lost. He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.
If I am walking with two other men, each of them will serve as my teacher. I will pick out the good points of the one and imitate them, and the bad points of the other and correct them in myself