This is a discussion on inspirational quotes within the Off-Topic forums, part of the Apple iPad Discussions category; Originally Posted by J. A. Ouch! That one hurt! Sorry, didn't realize you were a teacher...
Our virtues and our failings are inseparable, like force and matter. When they separate, man is no more.
"I'm about caring, I'm about people, and I'm about entertaining people. I'm a family man. A husband. A father. I've been a lot of other things over the years, which we don't really want to talk about."
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Originally Posted by Deegeea
None of the Google Book hits are from anything serious and all are from the last few years; I would not be at all surprised if all those authors are merely spreading a misattributed quote from an internet site. Surely, if it was a real Confucius saying, it would have been mentioned in print earlier than 2003? Compare it to the Google Book search for "When he chooses the labors which are proper, and makes them labor on them, who will repine?" which gets 85 hits, not a mere 8?
Evidence against Confucius saying it:
1. It's not in the Analects.
2. It doesn't fit Confucian thought.
3. It doesn't fit the world as it existed when Confucius lived.
4. It relies upon English word play.
The problem with it being a poor translation is that there aren't many people out there translating ancient Chinese.
Sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.
I can't go back to yesterday - because I was a different person then.
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