Confucius Quote Chinese Translation (with Poster)

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“It doesn’t matter how slow you go as long as you do not stop” – Confucius

The actual quote is “譬如为山,未成一篑,止,吾止也。譬如平地,虽覆一篑,进,吾往也。”

The meaning is “孔子说:“做学问好比积土成山一样,只差一筐土而没有堆成山,停止了,是我自己停止的;好比平整土地一样,即使只倒下一筐土,前进了,也是我自己前进的。” (Source:

In English, it means that studying (gaining wisdom) is like piling soil to make a mountain. If one stops short of one basket of soil to make a mountain, it is a pity to stop. It is also like filling a deep hole with soil, every basket of soil you pour in is progress.


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