The Love of Learning

Confucius spent his whole life learning and putting what he had learned into practice to make the world a better place. The opening line of the Analects reads:

The Master said, “Is it not a pleasure to learn and, when it is timely, to practice what you have learned?”

In particular, interactions with others were a great opportunity to learn:

The Master said, “When you meet a worthy person, think how you could become his equal. When you meet an unworthy person, turn inward and examine your own conduct.”

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