Is it not a pleasure to study and practise from time to time? — Confucius | 學而時習之,不亦說乎? – 孔子 |

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Is it not a pleasure to study and practise from time to time? — Confucius | 學而時習之,不亦說乎? – 孔子

刊登日期: 2013.03.17
作者: Grace Tse  


A lot of you might know Confucius already. Confucius (551-479 BC) was a great thinker, educator, politician and philosopher in the Spring and Autumn Period of Chinese history. Confucius is the Latinized name of Kung Fu-tzu (孔夫子, or “Master Kung” in English). 

Do you know which book the above quotation is taken from? The book is called “Analects” (《論語》), which is a collect ion of Confucius’ sayings and ideas compiled by his students. As a teacher, Confucius emphasized studying and thinking on what one has learned. His goal was to educate gentlemen who love learning, righteousness, and humaneness. He believed that gentlemen of virtue must set the moral example for others in society. 

What is the second half of the above quotation? It is: 

“Is it not delightful to have friends coming from distant places? If a man remains not annoyed when he is not understood by other people, is he not a man of virtue?” (有朋自遠方來,不亦樂乎?人不知而不愠,不亦君子乎?) 

Confucius is also known as the “Great Sage” and the “Model Teacher of Ten Thousand Generations” for his important contribution to the history of culture and of teaching in China. His philosophy has become what we call “Confucianism” nowadays, which has deeply influenced the civilization of not just China, but also Korea and Japan. 

The works of Confucius were first brought to the West by Matteo Ricci (利瑪竇), a Jesuit priest, in the early 17th century, and started to influence European thinkers of the period. 


Spring and Autumn Period: 春秋時代

Latinized: 拉丁化

Righteousness: 義

Humaneness: 仁

Great Sage: 至聖

Model Teacher of 

Ten Thousand Generations: 萬世師表

Confucianism: 儒家

Jesuit priest: 耶穌會神父



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