“The Master Said:”––Confucius as a Quote

  • Helena Motoh Faculty of Humanities Koper, University of Primorska
Keywords: Confucius, quote, misquote, internet, authorship


The paper focuses on the phenomenon of quoting Confucius, the classical Chinese thinker of the Western Zhou Dynasty. Firstly, it approaches the core issue of quotes and historicity of the “master said” narrative which marked the tradition of quoting Confucius and understanding his heritage through the form of quotes. In the core part of the paper, a selection of ten quotes that most commonly circulate on the Internet are analysed and traced to their most probable sources, while the paper then concludes by approaching the problem of misquoting from a historical and philosophical point of view.


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MotohH. (2019). “The Master Said:”––Confucius as a Quote. Asian Studies, 7(2), 287-300. https://doi.org/10.4312/as.2019.7.2.287-300