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Proverbial Thurs/ Friday – Quotes

I find there to be profound wisdom in proverbs, sayings and quotes and I marvel at the way they are so succinct in communicating messages to the reader. Mostly anonymous, they come to us from past generations and from across cultures. They speak of the experiences of lives lived and lessons learned. Quotes, like proverbs, make me think more deeply about something. Each Thursday, I post  words that I find thought-provoking. I hope you will find them intriguing too.

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This week, Proverbial Thursday is a little different, as I will post two quotes that are my response to the tragedy in Belgium –

“When we see men of worth, we should think of equaling them; when we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.”
― Confucius

“The superior man, when resting in safety, does not forget that danger may come. When in a state of security he does not forget the possibility of ruin.”
― Confucius

What is the message Confucius is trying to convey about a man’s character? Is this the portrait of a “superior” man?

Does a characteristic you might revile, or dislike, in your neighbour help you to see your own faults?

Something to Ponder About

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