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子曰:「朝聞道,夕死可矣!」
Confucius said: “Know the Way in the morning; die without regret in the evening.”

子曰:「士志於道,而恥惡衣惡食者,未足與議也!」
Confucius said: “A scholar-official who sets his heart on the Way but is ashamed of his threadbare clothes and coarse food is not worth listening to.”

The concept of the Way (道/dào) predates Confucius and Laozi by thousands of years. Even though they had different approaches to following and implementing the Way, they both began from the same starting points and shared the same set of core values.

Despite various claims to the contrary, it is highly unlikely that Confucius and Laozi ever met. It would have been fascinating to be a fly on the wall if they had, though, and watch the two Titans battle it out.

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