Quotes from Confucius (Confuciusornithiformes et al)

An Appropriate Quotation from Confucius

As Everything Dinosaur team members are currently running around the country delivering lots of dinosaur and prehistoric animal themed workshops in schools, we hardly have time to pause for breath let alone appreciate how lucky we are to have such fantastic jobs.  A colleague came across this wonderful quotation, attributed to the great Chinese teacher and philosopher Confucius, who, coincidentally, was born in this month (September), but some 2,567 years ago.

Confucius said:

“Choose a job that you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”

That’s something that we will have to remember as we whizz from school to school.  Wise words indeed and from a sage who also had a species of Early Cretaceous bird named after him (Confuciusornis sanctus).  In fact, not only does Confucius have the prestige of a genus name but a whole Order of ancient prehistoric birds were named in his honour – Confuciusornithiformes.

An Illustration of Confuciusornis sanctus

Confuciusornis sanctus.

Confuciusornis sanctus a primitive bird but it had a beak.

Picture Credit: University of Manchester

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