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| The cautious seldom err.
The determined scholar and the man of virtue will not seek to
live at the expense of injuring their virtue. They will even
sacrifice their lives to preserve their virtue complete.
The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic
that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.
The father who does not teach his son his duties is equally
guilty with the son who neglects them.
The faults of a superior person are like the sun and moon. They
have their faults, and everyone sees them; they change and everyone
looks up to them.
The firm, the enduring, the simple, and the modest are near
The man of virtue makes the difficulty to be overcome his first
business, and success only a subsequent consideration.
The man who in view of gain thinks of righteousness; who in
the view of danger is prepared to give up his life; and who
does not forget an old agreement however far back it extends
- such a man may be reckoned a complete man.
The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be
his world and the world at large.
The object of the superior man is truth.
The people may be made to follow a path of action, but they
may not be made to understand it.
The scholar who cherishes the love of comfort is not fit to
be deemed a scholar.
The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home.
The superior man acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks
according to his action.
The superior man cannot be known in little matters, but he may
be entrusted with great concerns. The small man may not be entrusted
with great concerns, but he may be known in little matters.
The superior man...does not set his mind either for anything,
or against anything; what is right he will follow.
The superior man is distressed by the limitations of his ability;
he is not distressed by the fact that men do not recognize the
ability that he has.
The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his
The superior man is satisfied and composed; the mean man is
always full of distress.
The superior man makes the difficulty to be overcome his first
interest; success only comes later.
The superior man thinks always of virtue; the common man thinks
The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man
understands what will sell.
The superior man, when resting in safety, does not forget that
danger may come. When in a state of security he does not forget
the possibility of ruin. When all is orderly, he does not forget
that disorder may come. Thus his person is not endangered, and
his States and all their clans are preserved.
The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your
full potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door
to personal excellence.
There are three methods to gaining wisdom. The first is reflection,
which is the highest. The second is limitation, which is the
easiest. The third is experience, which is the bitterest.
There are three things which the superior man guards against.
In youth...lust. When he is strong...quarrelsomeness. When he
There is no spectacle more agreeable than to observe an old
friend fall from a rooftop.
They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or
Things that are done, it is needless to speak about...things
that are past, it is needless to blame.
To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it.
To go beyond is as wrong as to fall short.
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Confucius (K'ung Fu-tzu) - Chinese thinker and social philospher,
whose teachings may be found in the Analects of Confucius. The founder
of Confucianism, he was born in the Lu state, China, in 551 BC,
and died in 479 BC. He was commonly known as Kong Qiu, and also
known as Zhong Ni.
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