Confucius lived between 551 BC and 479 BC. He was a Chinese thinker and social philosopher, whose thoughts and ideas have been developed into a detailed system of philosophy known as Confucianism.

He was born into a warrior family, his father a soldier who died when Confucius was only 3 years old, leaving him to grow up in poverty.

Despite economic disadvantage in his early life, Confucius went on to become the Minister of Justice in the Chinese state of Lu, and eventually to teach his philosophies on personal and governmental morality.

Confucius’ teachings are contained in a set of writings known as the Analects of Confucius. Essential to these teachings is the idea that cultivating our own judgment is more important than a rigid set of moral laws by which to live. He did not construct a systematic and formalized mode for living, he instead encouraged his students to think for themselves – to study the world around them and make informed decisions, using political events and moral problems from history as a guide to finding solutions.

From this quote by Confucius, we can see that he understood the relationship between the head and the heart. He understood that the heart, when unhindered by the machinations of the head, instinctively knows the moral solution to our problems, and guides us accordingly.

This quote is a reminder to us to stay focused on our own truth, and to not be led astray by the influences the world has on our thoughts. Stay true to our own hearts, for our own good, and the good of the world!

Confucius’ quote is part of Blue Turtles’ Poetic Pieces Collection, and is available as either bracelet B-1 or pendant P-1.

You can request a full Poetic Pieces catalogue by clicking  here.

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