philomathy

The love of learning, and making of learning an ongoing pursuit.

Complementary virtues

Contrasting vices

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Virtues possibly in tension

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How to acquire or strengthen it

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Notes and links

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Inspirational quotes

  • “The Master said: ‘Yu, have you ever heard of the six good words and the six things that obscure them?’ ‘Never,’ was the reply. ‘Sit down then, and I will tell you. Love of kindness, without a love to learn, finds itself obscured by foolishness. Love of knowledge, without a love to learn, finds itself obscured by loose speculation. Love of honesty, without a love to learn, finds itself obscured by harmful candour. Love of straightforwardness, without a love to learn, finds itself obscured by misdirected judgment. Love of daring, without a love to learn, finds itself obscured by insubordination. And love for strength of character, without a love to learn, finds itself obscured by intractability.’” (Analects of Confucius, XVII.VIII)
  • “Tzŭ Hsia said: ‘He who day by day finds out where he is deficient, and who month by month never forgets that in which he has become proficient, may truly be called a lover of learning.’” (Analects of Confucius, XIX.V)
  • “Tzŭ Hsia said: ‘As the various craftsmen dwell in their workshops that they may do their work effectively, so the Wise Man applies himself to study that he may carry his wisdom to perfection.’” (Analects of Confucius, XIX.VII)
  • “If you think it is ever warranted to stop on the path of further understanding, you are very far from the truth. The life which we received was given to us not that we might just admire it, but that we should ever look for new truth hidden from us.” —Tolstoy (riffing on John Milton)