A man who loves the past

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子曰:「我非生而知之者,好古,敏以求之者也。」
Confucius said: “I was not born with innate knowledge. I am just a man who loves the past and who is assiduous in investigating it.”

This passage echoes the first chapter of this book, in which Confucius says: “I transmit but I don’t create. I am faithful to and love the past.”

Confucius doesn’t lay claim to any special talent or area of expertise; he simply gets his head down and studies the lessons of the past so that he can apply them to solve the problems of his time.

It’s this process of discovery and contemplation that give him his creativity and inspiration.

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