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Chinese version of the famous quote

Updated: Mar 5

In the training field, we always use this quote:


I hear and I forget; I see and I remember; I do and I understand. — Confucius

I have tried but failed to find the original Chinese version. With help from my colleague, I now locate it, though the English translation in fact is not the direct translation. Here you go with the original one:

不闻不若闻之,闻之不若见之,见之不若知之,知之不若行之。


The direct translation should be as follows. Just my version – please suggest if you have a better one:


Hearing is better than ignorance; Seeing is better than hearing; Understanding is better than seeing; Practicing is better than understanding。 You should thus only stop till you practice。


In addition, the quote is actually not from Kong Zi or Confucius himself. It is from another figure in the confusianism.

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