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Post time 2009-8-22 17:00:40 |Display all floors
A lot of quotos that are said to be said by Confucius are actually not.  For example, the one below.

I don't think it was really said by Confucius.

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Those who are meant to hear will understand.
Those who are not meant to understand will not hear.

Confucius
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Post time 2009-8-22 18:53:09 |Display all floors
Sounds like a quote from the Bible

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Post time 2009-8-22 19:00:17 |Display all floors
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Post time 2009-8-22 19:06:12 |Display all floors
Confucius couldn't say modern Chinese, AAA.

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Post time 2009-8-23 09:34:55 |Display all floors
how about "闻所欲闻"?  This is said by confucius, but a chinese idiom.

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Post time 2009-8-23 09:37:37 |Display all floors
I got this from a really erudite friend:

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These translations by laowais usually are far off the mark.   

I can assure you there's no direct quote from 论语 (Confucian Analects) parallel to these exact same words

And 论语中the closest is:

子路第十三篇
君子易事而难说也; 说之不以道, 不说也;
小人难事而易说也; 说之虽不以道, 说也.

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Post time 2009-8-23 14:23:13 |Display all floors
Originally posted by huang262 at 2009-8-22 06:00
There are also lots of "Confucius says" jokes in the West. Here are a few:

War not determine who is right, war determine who is left.

Man who live in glass house should change cloth ...

I didn't realize you were a paleontologist, you must be a good fossil hunter..... because I haven't heard a "Confucious says" since I was a child, in the seventies.

Were they found in the same strata as the "Ancient Chinese Secret" commercial?

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