"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."
WAIT, WHO NOW?
- Chinese philosopher who lived between 551 BCE and 479 BCE
- notoriously ugly, even in his own day
- may or may not have been the illegitimate child of an ancient warrior
- NOT the docile old man we think of, but a grumpy fart, like many great men
- devoted his life to his students; taught in a mountain setting
- believed in social hierarchy and order and obedience above all
- sought his whole life for a worthy leader of men to serve, and never found him
- his ideas are the foundation for Chinese society, as well as many other Asian cultures