Learning and teaching

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子曰:「若聖與仁,則吾豈敢?抑為之不厭,誨人不倦,則可謂云爾已矣。」公西華曰:「正唯弟子不能學也。」
Confucius said: “How could I possibly dare make the claim that I am a man of great wisdom or virtue? However, it can be said that I never grow weary of learning and never get tired of teaching others.” Gongxi Chi said: “This is exactly what we disciples cannot learn to be.”

This passage is very similar to Chapter II of Book 7, once again highlighting Confucius’s passion for learning and teaching.

It brings to mind the old saw that the best way of learning something is to teach it. I was reminded of this when I recently gave a presentation. By the end of the class, I felt I had learned far more from the other participants than I had contributed.

I suspect that there were many times when Confucius felt the same way….

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