A while back I read the saying "he who is in a rush shall walk slowly". I have seen it be attributed to Confucius (https://www.wer-weiss-was.de/t/redewendung-wer-es-eilig-hat-soll-langsam-gehen/8457422 https://www.quotez.net/german/konfuzius.htm) sometimes, but never in any academic reference.

Who is the author of the sentence and where was it written down first?

  • I don't know such a quote in the Analects. But interestingly I googled the sentence and found it of Japanese origin. Commented Sep 15, 2019 at 15:04

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"he who is in a rush shall walk slowly” was translation of a Japanese proberbs, and many of them came from Chinese literatures

The idiom 欲速則不達 (If you rush you are more likely not getting there) came from 論語 and the writer was 子路.

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