A Few Words of Wisdom

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Confucius Statue, Confucius Plaza, Chinatown, Manhattan, NY, USA

~Statue of Confucius by Liu Shih.~

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(Back of the statue).

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.

 Nous pouvons apprendre la sagesse de trois façons différentes: d’abord par réflexion, qui est la plus noble de ces méthodes; ensuite par imitation, qui est la plus facile; et finalement par expérience, qui est la plus amère.

Por tres métodos podemos aprender la sabiduría: primero por la reflexión, que es la más noble; segundo, por imitación, que es la más sencilla; y tercero, por experiencia, que es la más amarga.

Confucius (551 – 479 BC)


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