[15:31] The Master said: “I have spent a whole day without eating and a whole night without sleeping in order to think— but I got nothing out of it. Thinking cannot compare with studying.” –Analects of Confucius
This is one of my favorite quotes from the Analects. I’m the kind of person who likes to think and worry about things. If I wake up at night, I lie in bed and worry for hours.
But after reading this quote years ago, I stopped doing that. Now, I go downstairs, study Japanese/Korean, recite the nembutsu, write something or just play classic Starcraft. In other words, I try to do something useful at least.
I feel a lot better afterwards.