Confucius, he say… not

Image credit:  Unknown source

You mean to say, Confucius had a sense of humour?  I’m sure he had.

Actually it wasn’t Confucius who said this or even something similar to this (I think everyone knows the old saying).

This may be the most incorrectly credited saying of all time.  I have even seen it attributed to the Bible, which means that those who say such things know nothing of which they speak.

The original was in fact lines from a novel titled ‘Mrs. Dymond’ written in the UK by Give a man a fishAnne Isabella Ritchie in the 1880s.  The original lines were:

“He certainly doesn’t practise his precepts, but I suppose the patron meant that if you give a man a fish he is hungry again in an hour; if you teach him to catch a fish you do him a good turn.”

It’s all good fun, isn’t it?

  Image credit: Bill Frimire

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