I hear, I know. I see, I remember. I do, I understand.
The object of the superior man is truth.
A disciple having asked for a definition of charity, the Master said LOVE ONE ANOTHER.
In speaking, it is best to be clear and say just enough to convey the meaning.
A good man is not mine to see. Could I see a man possessed of constancy, that would satisfy me.
If your desire is for good, the people will be good.
Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.
To see the right and not to do it is cowardice.
When wealth is centralized, the people are dispersed. When wealth is distributed, the people are brought together.
Be loyal and trustworthy. Do not befriend anyone who is lower than yourself in this regard.
Do not use a cannon to kill a mosquito.
Gravity is only the bark of wisdom's tree, but it preserves it.
A great man is hard on himself; a small man is hard on others.
Have no friends not equal to yourself.
Look at the means which a man employs, consider his motives, observe his pleasures. A man simply cannot conceal himself!
Looking at small advantages prevents great affairs from being accomplished.
Conscience is the inner voice which warns us that someone might be looking. Hear and you forget, see and you remember, do and you understand.
When a wise man points at the moon the imbecile examines the finger.
Instead of being concerned that you have no office, be concerned to think how you may fit yourself for office. Instead of being concerned that you are not known, see to the (be?) worthy of being known.
Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men.
You must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.
There is no spectacle more agreeable than to observe an old friend fall from a rooftop.
From a grain of sand in the Pearl comes.
There are three things against which the wise man guards: lust when young, quarrels when strong, and covetousness when old.
While the gentleman cherishes benign rule, the small man cherishes his native land. While the gentleman cherishes a respect for the law, the small man cherishes generous treatment.
Because the newer methods of treatment are good, it does not follow that the old ones were bad: for if our honorable and worshipful ancestors had not recovered from their ailments, you and I would not be here today.
What is most needed for learning is a humble mind.
In a hamlet of ten households, there are bound to be those who are my equal in doing their best for others and in being trustworthy in what they say, but they are unlikely to be as eager to learn as I am.
Learn as though you would never be able to master it; hold it as though you would be in fear of losing it.
There has never been a man mean and at the same time virtuous.
Can there be a love which does not make demands on its object?
If I give a student one-fourth of what he should know, I expect him to get the other three-fourths himself, otherwise I do not want him as a student.
To know what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice.
To learn without thinking is labour in vain, to think without learning is desolation.
With a heavy load and a long journey.
The really faithful lover of learning holds fast to the Good Way till death.
The silent treasuring up of knowledge; learning without satiety; and instructing others without being wearied: which one of these things belongs to me?
Do unto others what you want done unto you.
When you have faults, do not fear to abandon them.
Let every man consider virtue as what devolves on himself. He may not yield the performance of it even to his teacher.
Heaven means to be one with God.
Bird in hand makes it harder to blow nose.
To be in one's own heart in kindly sympathy with all things; this is the nature of righteousness.
When one cultivates to the utmost the principles of his nature, and exercises them on the principle of reciprocity, he is not far from the path.
Happiness does not consist in having what you want, but in wanting what you have.
Charity is that rational and constant affection which makes us sacrifice ourselves to the human race, as if we were united with it, so as to form one individual, partaking equally in its adversity and prosperity.
If a man be under the influence of anger his conduct will not be correct.
The superior man is distressed by his want of ability.
The superior man does what is proper to the station in which he is; he does not desire to go beyond this.
The superior man does what is proper to the station in which he is; he does not desire to go beyond this. In a position of wealth and honor, he does what is proper to a position of wealth and honor. In a poor and low position, he does what is proper to a poor and low position.
To know that one knows what one knows, and to know that one doesn't know what one doesn't know, there lies true wisdom.
He who will not economize will have to agonize.
Learning without thought is labour lost; thought without learning is perilous.
When you know a thing, to hold that you know it, and when you do not know a thing, to allow that you do not know it -- this is knowledge.
A wise man seeks by music to strengthen his soul: the thoughtless one uses it to stifle his fears.
The gentleman is calm and at ease. The gentleman is dignified but not proud; the small man is proud but not dignified.
A wise man has dignity without pride; a fool has pride without dignity.
An angry person is always full of poison.
A man without persistence will never make a good shaman or a good physician.
Sincerity is that whereby self-completion is effected, and its way is that by which man must direct himself.
The way out is through the door. Why is it that no one will use this method?
When a man is guided by the principles of reciprocity and consciousness, he is not far from the moral law. Whatever you don't wish for yourself don't do unto others.
The man of wisdom is never of two minds; the man of benevolence never worries; the man of courage is never afraid.
Keep it simple and focus on what matters. Don't let yourself be overwhelmed.
It is difficult to inspire others to accomplish what you haven't been willing to try.
The superior man thinks always of virtue; the common man thinks of comfort.
A gentleman considers justice to be essential in everything. He practices it according to the principles of propriety. He brings it forth in modesty and faithfully completes it. This is indeed a gentleman.
If a man has no humaneness what can his propriety be like? If a man has no humaneness what can his happiness be like?
For one word a man is often deemed to be wise, and for one word he is often deemed to be foolish. We should be careful indeed what we say.
Tea tempers the spirits and harmonizes the mind, dispels lassitude and relieves fatigue, awakens thought and prevents drowsiness, lightens or refreshes the body, and clears the perceptive faculties.
Rather than caring about whether or not you are known, strive to be worth knowing.
Reading without thinking will confuse you.Thinking without reading will place you in danger.
When the multitude detests a man, inquiry is necessary; when the multitude likes a man, inquiry is equally necessary.
There is one word which may serve as a rule of practice for all one's life -reciprocity.
The Way is not for, but from, man; if we take the Way as something superhuman, beyond man, this is not the real Way.
I am not one who was born in the possession of knowledge; I am one who is fond of antiquity, and earnest in seeking it there.
If you try to do too much, you will not achieve anything.
It is not the failure of others to appreciate your abilities that should trouble you, but rather your failure to appreciate theirs.
Study the past if you would define the future.
Study the past if you would define the future. I am not one who was born in the possession of knowledge; I am one who is fond of antiquity, and earnest in seeking it there. Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous.
The green reed which bends in the wind is stronger than the mighty oak which breaks in a storm.
The scholar does not consider gold and jade to be precious treasures, but loyalty and good faith.
The superior man is modest in his speech but exceeds in his actions.
The Superior Man has nothing to compete for. But if he must compete, he does it in an archery match, wherein he ascends to his position, bowing in deference. Descending, he drinks the ritual cup.
There are cases in which the blade springs, but the plant does not go on to flower. There are cases where it flowers, but no fruit is subsequently produced.
Never give a sword to a man who can't dance.
A man exercising no forethought will soon experience present sorrow.
The great man is sparing in words but prodigal in deeds.
Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.
If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people.
A bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives roses. If you are generous, you will gain everything.
The nobler sort of man emphasizes the good qualities in others, and does not accentuate the bad. The inferior does.
If I am walking with two other men, each of them will serve as my teacher. I will pick out the good points of the one and imitate them, and the bad points of the other and correct them in myself.
Learn, as if never overtaking your object, and yet as if apprehensive of losing it.
The whole end of speech is to be understood.
The man who thinks he can and the man who thinks he can't are both right.
The most beautiful sight in the world is a little child going confidently down the road of life after you have shown him the way.
Wherever you go, go with all your heart.
Waste begets self-will; thrift begets meanness: but better be mean than self-willed.
The proper man understands equity, the small man profits.
If one is guided by profit in one's actions, one will incur much ill will.
Every house guest brings you happiness. Some when they arrive, and some when they are leaving.
I'd rather die for speaking out, than to live and be silent.
Even if I could, I would not exahnge their virtues for my own. And that is why they are intent on learning from me.
Give me a few more years so that I am studying at fifty, and surely I may avoid major errors.
Seek Not Every Quality In One Individual.
Tsze-Kung asked, "Is there one word with which to act in accordance throughout a lifetime?" The Master said, "Is not reciprocity such a word? What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.
The wise find pleasure in water; the virtuous find pleasure in hills. The wise are active; the virtuous are tranquil. The wise are joyful; the virtuous are long-lived.
All wisdom is rooted in learning to call things by the right name. When things are properly identified, they fall into natural categories and understanding becomes orderly.
The more man meditates upon good thoughts the better will be his world and the world at large.
Go before the people with your example, and be laborious in their affairs.
Silence is a true friend who never betrays.
A hammer shatters glass but it also forges steel.
It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.
Study without reflection is a waste of time; reflection without study is dangerous.
What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.
The superior man is intelligently, not blindly, faithful.
Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.
I followed my heart without breaking any rules.
A superior man in dealing with the world is not for anything or against anything. He follows righteousness as the standard.
When everyone hates a person, you should investigate thoroughly, and when everyone loves a person, you should also investigate thoroughly.
The way of Heaven and Earth may be completely declared in one sentence: They are without any doubleness, and so they produce things in a manner that is unfathomable.
Learn as if you were not reaching your goal and as though you were scared of missing it.
It is better to play than do nothing.
The superior man is anxious lest he should not get the truth; he is not anxious lest poverty should come upon him.
I daily examine myself on three points: In planning for others, have I failed in conscientiousness? In intercourse with friends, have I been insincere? And have I failed to practice what I have been taught?
First and foremost, be faithful to your superiors, keep all promises, refuse the friendship of all who are not like you; and if you have made a mistake, do not be afraid of admitting the fact and amending your ways.
It is not possible for one to teach others who cannot teach his own family.
He who conquers himself is the mightiest warrior.
Act with kindness, but do not expect gratitude.
To practice five things under all circumstances constitutes perfect virtue; these five are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness.
The superior man is slow in his words and earnest in his conduct.
Ability will never catch up with the demand for it.
A man who lacks reliability is utterly useless.
Charity, like the sun, brightens every object on which it shines.
Faithfulness and sincerity first of all.
One who never anticipates deceit or expects duplicity, and yet is the first to recognize such things -- is that not a sage indeed?
It is only the wisest and the stupidest that cannot change.
To rule a country of a thousand chariots, there must be reverent attention to business, and sincerity; economy in expenditure, and love for men; and the employment of the people at the proper seasons.
To be wealthy and honored in an unjust society is a disgrace.
No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.
The faults of the superior man are like the eclipses of the sun and moon. He has his faults, and all men see them; he changes, and all men look up to him.
I live in a very small house, but my windows look out on a very large world.
The noble-minded worry about their lack of ability, not about people's failure to recognize their ability.
By nature, men are nearly alike; by practice, they get to be wide apart.
Possessed of courage but devoid of morality, a superior man will make trouble while a small man will be a brigand.
Heaven sends down its good and evil symbols and wise men act accordingly.
Love is like a spice. It can sweeten your life -- however, it can spoil it, too.
If I cannot get men who steer a middle course to associate with, I would far rather have the impetuous and hasty. For the impetuous at any rate assert themselves.
The real fault is to have faults and not amend them.
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.
Things have their roots and branches. Affairs have their beginnings and their ends. To know what is first and what is last will lead one near the Way.
In antiquity men studied for their own sake; nowadays men study for the sake of impressing others.
If some years were added to my life, I would give fifty to the study of the Yi, and then I might come to be without great faults.
All men are born good.
When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.
Ignorance is the night of the mind, but a night without moon or star.
If doing what ought to be done be made the first business and success a secondary consideration -- is not this the way to exalt virtue?
He who needs only coarse food, water and drink, and as pillow his folded arms will find happiness without further search.
To study and constantly, is this not a pleasure? To have friends come from far away places, is this not a joy? If people do not recognize your worth, but this does not worry you, are you not a true gentleman?
Listen widely to remove your doubts and be careful when speaking about the rest and your mistakes will be few.
Listen widely to remove your doubts and be careful when speaking about the rest and your mistakes will be few. See much and get rid of what is dangerous and be careful in acting on the rest and your causes for regret will be few. Speaking without fault, acting without causing regret: 'upgrading' consists in this.
If what one has to say is not better than silence, then one should keep silent.
He who exercises government by means of his virtue may be compared to the north polar star, which keeps its place and all the stars turn towards it.
If you shoot for the stars and hit the moon, it's ok. But you've got to shoot for something. A lot of people don't even shoot.
Music is the one thing in which there is no use trying to deceive others or make false pretenses.
Of all that Heaven produces and nourishes, there is none so great as man.
Fine words and an insinuating appearance are seldom associated with true virtue.
I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.
The superior man is firm in the right way and not merely firm.
Don't complain about the snow on your neighbor's roof when your own doorstep is unclean.
I am not worried that nobody knows me. I seek to become fit to be known.
He who is concerned only with the purity of his own life ruins the great human relations.
The superior man, extensively studying all learning, and keeping himself under the restraint of the rules of propriety, may thus likewise not overstep what is right.
There are three marks of a superior man: being virtuous, he is free from anxiety; being wise, he is free from perplexity; being brave, he is free from fear.
But if you do not have the Tao yourself, what business have you spending your time in vain efforts to bring corrupt politicians into the right path?
He who learns but does not think, is lost! He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.
It is goodness that gives to a neighborhood its beauty. One who is free to choose, yet does not prefer to dwell among the good -- how can he be accorded the name of wise?
He who merely knows right principles is not equal to him who loves them.
There is the love of knowing without the love of learning; the beclouding here leads to dissipation of mind.
It was by music that the ancient kings gave elegant expression to their joy. By their armies and axes they gave the same to their anger.
Every journey starts with a single step.
Benevolence is love to all men. It is to know all men.
When three persons work together, each can be the teacher in some aspects.
One who can move mountains start with the little stones.
The gentleman prefers to be slow in word but diligent in action.
The master said, 'Quietly to store up knowledge in my mind, to learn without flagging, to teach without growing weary, these present me with no difficulties.'
Girl who sit on Judge's lap get honorable discharge.
To rein a kingdom efficiently it is necessary, before all, to put into good order the family. It's impossible for a man who doesn't know how to lead his own family to know how to lead a country.
Being strong does not mean that you never fall down, but that whenever you fall, you get up again.
The gentleman sees what is right while the small man sees what is profitable.
I have never seen a man as fond of virtue as of women.
He with whom neither slander that gradually soaks into the mind, nor statements that startle like a wound in the flesh, are successful may be called intelligent indeed.
The wise man delights in water, the Good man delights in mountains. For the wise move; but the Good stay still. The wise are happy; but the good secure.
Man who stand on hill with mouth open will wait long time for roast duck to drop in.
Poor food and water for dinner, a bent arm for a pillow -- that is where joy resides. For me, wealth and renown without honor are nothing but drifting clouds.
Exemplary people concern themselves with virtue,
small people concern themselves with territory. The ruling class
thinks of punishment, the lower classes hope for benevolence.
The true gentleman does not preach what he practices till he has practiced what he preaches.
A gentleman is calm and spacious: the vulgar are always fretting.
To go beyond is as wrong as to fall short.
The higher type of man clings to virtue, the lower type of man clings to material comfort. The higher type of man cherishes justice, the lower type of man cherishes the hope of favors to be received.
Character is the backbone of our human culture. Music is the flowering of character.
We are so busy doing the urgent that we don't have time to do the important.
A man who has committed a mistake and doesn't correct it is committing another mistake.
Not knowing life, how can we know death? Why talk of spirits when you do not understand men?
The people may be made to follow a path of action but they may not be made to understand it.
True goodness springs from a man's own heart. All men are born good.
He who rules by moral force is like the pole star, which remains in place while all the lesser stars do homage to it.
Hold faithfulness and sincerity as first principles.
The person of benevolence never worries.
If a man takes no thought about what is distant, he will find sorrow near at hand.
No lake so still but it has its wave. No circle so perfect but that it has its blur. I would change things for you if I could. As I can't you must take them as they are.
An oppressive government is more to be feared than a tiger.
Return good for good; return evil with justice.
A lack of patience in trifling matters might lead to the disruption of great project.
When music and courtesy are better understood and appreciated, there will be no war.
The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.
If you are the smartest person in the room, then you are in the wrong room.
The gentleman calls attention to the good points in others; he does not call attention to their defects. The small man does just the reverse of this.
Give a man a fish, feed home for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed for a lifetime.
How transcendent is the virtue of the middle conduct! Rare for a long time has been its practice among the people.
Do not wish for quick results, nor look for small advantages. If you seek quick results, you will not reach the ultimate goal. If you are led astray by small advantages, you will never accomplish great things.
There is never a case when the root is in order and yet the branches are in order.
Transport a handful of earth everyday and you will make a mountain.
The perfecting of one's self is the fundamental base of all progress and all moral development.
There is one single thread binding my way together...the way of the Master consists in doing one's best...that is all.
There are three unfilial acts: the greatest of these is the failure to produce sons.
It's only in winter that the pine and cypress are known to be evergreens.
A man is great not because he hasn't failed; a man is great because failure hasn't stopped him.
Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.
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.
Acquire new knowledge whilst thinking over the old, and you may become a teacher of others.
Even in killing men, observe the rules of propriety.
Baseball is wrong, man with four balls cannot walk.
Think no vice so small that you may commit it, and no virtue so small that you may over look it.
When you are laboring for others let it be with the same zeal as if it were for yourself.
The superior man will watch over himself when he is alone. He examines his heart that there may be nothing wrong there, and that he may have no cause of dissatisfaction with himself.
A man without a mustache is a man without a soul.
The main object of conciliation lies in reaching a solution to a case based upon morals and with a warm heart.
The superior man, even when he is not moving, has a feeling of reverence, and while he speaks not, he has the feeling of truthfulness.
Coarse rice to eat, water to drink, my bended arm for a pillow -- therein is happiness. Wealth and rank attained through immoral means are nothing but drifting clouds.
The superior person gathers his weapons together in order to provide against the unforeseen.
He who remembers from day to day what he has yet to learn, and from month to month what he has learned already, may be said to have a love of learning.
Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.
A lion chased me up a tree, and I greatly enjoyed the view from the top.
A gentleman is ashamed to let his words outrun his deeds.
If there were an honorable way to get rich, I'd do it, even if it meant being a stooge standing around with a whip. But there isn't an honorable way, so I just do what I like.
I know how the birds fly, how the fishes swim, how animals run. But there is the Dragon. I cannot tell how it mounts on the winds through the clouds and flies through heaven. Today I have seen the Dragon.
If you make a mistake and do not correct it, this is called a mistake.
When prosperity comes, do not use all of it.
He who speaks without modesty will find it difficult to make his words good.
A youth is to be regarded with respect. How do we know that his future will not be equal to our present?
To know, is to know that you know nothing. That is the meaning of true knowledge. When you say something, say what you know. When you don't know something, say you don't know. That is knowledge.
Where words lose their meaning, people lose their lives.
He is the truly courageous man who never desponds.
Care not for want of place; care for thy readiness to fill one. Care not for being unknown, but seek to be worthy of note.
I am not bothered by the fact that I am not understood. I am bothered when I do not know others.
A gentleman considers what is right; the vulgar consider what will pay.
Without knowing the force of words, it is impossible to know more.
The superior man thinks always of virtue; the common man thinks of comfort.
To be truly happy and contented, you must let go of what it means to be happy or content.
Of neighborhoods, benevolence is the most beautiful. How can the man be considered wise who when he had the choice does not settle in benevolence.
Is there any one maxim which ought to be acted upon throughout one's whole life? Surely the maxim of loving kindness is such: Do not unto others what you would not they should do unto you.
If there were one word that could act as a standard of conduct for one's entire life, perhaps it would be 'thoughtfulness.
Humility is the solid foundation of all virtues.
The general of a large army may be defeated, but you cannot defeat the determined mind of a peasant.
From the Son of Heaven down to the mass of the people, all must consider the cultivation of the person the root of everything besides.
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.
The good man does not grieve that other people do not recognize his merits. His only anxiety is lest he should fail to recognize theirs.
It is the law of nature that woman should be held under the dominance of man.
For benefits return benefits; for injuries return justice without any admixture of revenge.
A gentleman would be ashamed should his deeds not match his words.
If one learns from others, but does not think, one will be bewildered. If, on the other hand, one thinks but does not learn from others, one will be in peril.
It is better to live in peace than in bitterness and strife.
Don't do unto others what you don't want others to do unto you.
He who knows all the answers has not been asked all the questions.
As the water shapes itself to the vessel that contains it, so a wise man adapts himself to circumstances.
A picture is poem without words.
If one should desire to know whether a kingdom is well governed, if its morals are good or bad, the quality of its music will furnish the answer.
Slater soaks into the mind as water into low and marshy places, where it becomes stagnant and offensive.
A man of wisdom delights in water.
To know is to know that you know nothing. That is the meaning of true knowledge.
They must often change who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.
Base yourself in loyalty and trust. Don't be companion with those who are not your moral equal. When you make a mistake, don't hesitate to correct it.
The great mountain must collapse, the mighty beam must break and the wise man wither like a plant.
The funniest people are the saddest ones.
The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell.
We should feel sorrow, but not sink under its oppression.
An inconvenience is an unrecognized opportunity.
The superior man, when resting in safety, does not forget that danger may come.
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.
Wisdom delights in water; love delights in hills. Wisdom is stirring; love is quiet. Wisdom is merry; love grows old.
They who know the truth are not equal to those who love it, and they who love it are not equal to those who delight in it.
To rank the effort above the prize may be called love.
Man is born for uprightness. If a man lose his uprightness and yet live, his escape from death is mere good fortune.
The superior man sets his person at rest before he moves; he composes his mind before he speaks.
Fix your mind on truth, hold firm to virtue, rely on loving kindness, and find your recreation in the Arts.
A good man regards the root; he fixes the root, and ail else flows out of it. The root is filial piety; the fruit brotherly love.
With coarse rice to eat, with water to drink, and my bent arm for a pillow -- I have still joy in the midst of all these things.
If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help someone else.
I do not want a friend who smiles when I smile, who weeps when I weep; for my shadow in the pool can do better than that.
People with virtue must speak out; People who speak are not all virtuous.
The superior man is satisfied and composed; the mean man is always full of distress.
A man who does not think and plan long ahead will find trouble right at his door.
The Essence of Knowledge is, having it, to use it.
A fool despises good counsel, but a wise man takes it to heart.
Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure.
The superior man does not, even for the space of a single meal, act contrary to virtue. In moments of haste, he cleaves to it. In seasons of danger, he cleaves to it.
The requisites of government are that there be sufficiency of food, sufficiency of military equipment, and the confidence of the people in their ruler.
When frying small fish, disturb them little.
I will not be concerned at other men's not knowing me; I will be concerned at my own want of ability.
We should keep the dead before our eyes, and honor them as though still living.
The Three Armies can be deprived of their commanding officer, but even a common man cannot be deprived of his purpose.
Knowing something is not as good as liking it. Liking something is not as good as rejoicing in it.
Time flows away like the water in the river.
If you did not do so for the sake of riches,You must have done so for the sake of novelty.
To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it.
Virtue is not solitary; it is bound to have neighbors.
There is good government when those who are near are made happy, and when those who are afar are attracted.
The wheel of fortune turns round incessantly, and who can say to himself, I shall today be uppermost.
It cannot be when the root is neglected that what springs from it will be well ordered.
When you have become one with the Great Universal, you will have no partiality, and when you are part of the process of transformation, you will have no rigidity.
Reviewing the day's lessons. Isn't it joyful? Friends come from far. Isn't it delightful? One has never been angry at other's misunderstanding. Isn't he a respectable man?
Men's natures are alike; it is their habits that separate them.
A workman who wants to do his work well must first prepare his tools.
There are not the weeds the ones that drown the good seed, but the negligence of the peasant.
Desire to have things done quickly prevents their being done thoroughly.
Faced with what is right, to leave it undone shows a lack of courage.
Never hesitate to ask a lesser person.
Sincerity and truth are the basis of every virtue.
Excess weakens the spirits.
The man who asks a question is a fool for a minute, the man who does not ask is a fool for life.
A gentleman can see a question from all sides without bias. The small man is biased and can see a question only from one side.
The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trial.
Every man knows the smell of his own fart.
Only one who bursts with enthusiasm do I instruct; Only one who bubbles with excitement do I enlighten. If I hold up one corner and you do not come back to me with the other three, I do not continue the lesson.
When you see a good man, try to emulate his example, and when you see a bad man, search yourself for his faults.
The wise are free from perplexities; the virtuous from anxiety; and the bold from fear.
Who heeds not the future will find sorrow at hand.
Words are the voice of the heart.
When a man feels the difficulty of doing, can he be other than cautious and slow in speaking?
Roads were made for journeys not destinations.
It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve; and bad things are very easy to get.
To know what you know and what you do not know, that is true knowledge.
To be fond of learning is near to wisdom; to practice with vigor is near to benevolence; and to be conscious of shame is near to fortitude.
To be fond of learning is to draw close to wisdom. To practice with vigor is to draw close to benevolence. To know the sense of shame is to draw close to courage. He who knows these three things knows how to cultivate his own character. Knowing how to cultivate his own character, he knows how to govern other men. Knowing how to govern other men, he knows how to govern the world, its states, and its families.
The shortest distance between any two points on a golf course is a straight line that passes directly through the center of a very large tree.
The father who does not teach his son his duties is equally guilty with the son who neglects them.
Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.
He who works for his own interests will arouse much animosity.
It is better to light one small candle of gratitude than to curse the darkness.
Man who want pretty nurse, must be patient.
Make faithfulness and truth thy masters: have no friends unlike thyself: be not ashamed to mend thy faults.
The way of the superior man may be compared to what takes place in traveling, when to go to a distance we must first traverse the space that is near, and in ascending a height, when we must begin from the lower ground.
To take what you know for what you know, and what you do not know for what you do not know, that is knowledge indeed.
Be in harmony, yet be different.
If you would govern a state of a thousand chariots (a small-to-middle-size state), you must pay strict attention to business, be true to your word, be economical in expenditure and love the people.
Heaven, in the production of things, is sure to be bountiful to them, according to their qualities. Hence the tree that is flourishing, it nourishes, while that which is ready to fall, it overthrows.
You can force the people to obey; you cannot force them to understand.
While they have not got their aims, their anxiety is how to get them. When they have got them, their anxiety is lest they should lose them.
A happy union with wife and child is like the music of lutes and harps.
Know what you know and know that you don't know what you don't know -- that is the characteristic of one who knows.
He who chases two rabbits, catches none.
The superior man has a dignified ease without pride. The mean man has pride without a dignified ease.
When a nation or family is about to flourish, there are sure to be happy omens; and when it is about to perish, there are sure to be unlucky omens.
The superior man limits his achievements.
It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them.
It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them.
This is a major problem in America, where greed, power, and money are the highest value. This creates a paranoia atmosphere.I mention this all the time, but first time I have ever seen it.
The demands that a great man makes are on himself; those of a petty man are upon others.
The book salesman should be honored because he brings to our attention, as a rule, the very books we need most and neglect most.
To see what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice.
Knowledge without practice is useless. Practice without knowledge is dangerous.
To be poor without murmuring is difficult. To be rich without being proud is easy.
When the wind blows, the grass bends.
When we see persons of worth, we should think of equaling them; when we see persons of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.
The archer who misses his mark does not blame the target. He stops, corrects himself and shoots again.
He who acts with a constant view to his own advantage will be much murmured against.
The person who is not strong enough gives up at the halfway point -- but you are limiting yourself before even starting.
I want you to be everything that's you, deep at the center of your being.
Those who cannot forgive others break the bridge over which they themselves must pass.
A common man marvels at uncommon things. A wise man marvels at the commonplace.
If your plan is for one year plant rice. If your plan is for ten years plant trees. If your plan is for one hundred years educate children.
Does Heaven ever speak? The four seasons come and go, and all creatures thrive and grow. Does Heaven ever speak!
Excess and deficiency are equally at fault.
The inner nature of man is the province of Music.
First there must be order and harmony within your own mind. Then this order will spread to your family, then to the community, and finally to your entire kingdom. Only then can you have peace and harmony.
Worry not that no one knows you; seek to be worth knowing.
Men do not stumble over mountains, but over mole hills.
When admins have faults, they do not fear to ignore them.
To know everything is to know nothing, but to know nothing is to know everything.
Give a bowl of rice to a man and you will feed him for a day. Teach him how to grow his own rice and you will save his life.
In his dealings with the world, the gentleman is not invariably for or against anything. He is on the side of what is moral.
Don't worry if you have no position: worry about making yourself worthy of one. Don't worry if you aren't known and admired: devote yourself to a life that deserves admiration.
The way you cut your meat reflects the way you live.
Cultivate the root; the leaves and branches will take care of themselves.
Just as lavishness leads easily to presumption, so does frugality to meanness. But meanness is a far less serious fault than presumption.
The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their proper name.
If you would one day renovate yourself, do so from day to day.
The superior man... does not set his mind either for or against anything, he will pursue whatever is right. The superior man thinks of virtue, the common man of comfort.
Men of principle are sure to be bold,
but those who are bold may not always be men of principle.
Justice is like the north star, which is fixed, and all the rest revolve about it.
Lord Chi Wen thought three times before taking any action. When the Master heard this, he said: Twice is plenty enough.