Confucius on Fame

子曰:「不患無位,患所以立;不患莫己知,求為可知也。」
Confucius said: “Don’t be concerned if you don’t have an official position; be concerned if you don’t deserve such a position. Don’t be concerned if you’re not famous; be concerned if you don’t deserve to be famous.”

Somehow, I don’t think that Confucius would be a fan of today’s celebrity-obsessed culture. Recognition is something that might come when you do something to deserve it, but even then it should never be actively sought after.

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