Analects of the Core: Confucius on flaw

Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.

— often attributed to Confucius, whose Analects are studied in the second-semester freshman humanities, CC102: Antiquity and the Medieval World.

[Tertiary research suggests this is derived from 寧可玉碎,不能瓦全, a Chinese proverb meaning roughly “Better be a piece of broken jade than unbroken tile.”  Why this quote is often attributed to Confucius is unclear.]

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