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By nature, men are nearly alike; by practice, they get to be wide apart.

Quotes by Confucius

Ø  A gentleman would be ashamed should his deeds not match his words.

Ø  A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.

Ø  Ability will never catch up with the demand for it.

Ø  An oppressive government is more to be feared than a tiger.

Ø  Be not ashamed of mistakes and thus make them crimes.

Ø  Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.

Ø  Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.

Ø  By nature, men are nearly alike; by practice, they get to be wide apart.

Ø  By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.

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

Ø  Death and life have their determined appointments; riches and honors depend upon heaven.

Ø  Do not impose on others what you yourself do not desire.

Ø  Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.

Ø  Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it.

Ø  Faced with what is right, to leave it undone shows a lack of courage.

Ø  Fine words and an insinuating appearance are seldom associated with true virtue.

Ø  Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses.

Ø  Go before the people with your example, and be laborious in their affairs.

Ø  Have no friends not equal to yourself.

Ø  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.

Ø  He who learns but does not think, is lost! He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.

Ø  He who speaks without modesty will find it difficult to make his words good.

Ø He who will not economize will have to agonize.

Ø  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.

Ø  Heaven means to be one with God.

Ø  Hold faithfulness and sincerity as first principles.

Ø  Humility is the solid foundation of all virtues.

Ø  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.

Ø  I have not seen a person who loved virtue, or one who hated what was not virtuous. He who loved virtue would esteem nothing above it.

Ø  I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.

Ø  I hear, I know. I see, I remember. I do, I understand.

Ø  I want you to be everything that's you, deep at the center of your being.

Ø  I will not be concerned at other men's not knowing me; I will be concerned at my own want of ability.

Ø  If a man takes no thought about what is distant, he will find sorrow near at hand.

Ø  If a man withdraws his mind from the love of beauty, and applies it as sincerely to the love of the virtuous; if, in serving his parents, he can exert his utmost strength; if, in serving his prince, he can devote his life; if in his intercourse with his friends, his words are sincere - although men say that he has not learned, I will certainly say that he has.

Ø  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.

Ø  If we don't know life, how can we know death?

Ø  If you look into your own heart, and you find nothing wrong there, what is there to worry about? What is there to fear?

Ø  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.

Ø  Ignorance is the night of the mind, but a night without moon and star.

Ø  In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.

Ø  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, seek to be worthy of being known.

Ø  Is virtue a thing remote? I wish to be virtuous, and lo! Virtue is at hand.

Ø  It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.

Ø  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.

Ø  It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them.

Ø  Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous.

Ø  Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.

Ø  Look at the means which a man employs, consider his motives, and observe his pleasures. A man simply cannot conceal himself!

Ø  Men's natures are alike, it is their habits that carry them far apart.

Ø  Never contract friendship with a man that is not better than thyself.

Ø  Never give a sword to a man who can't dance.

Ø  Old age, believe me, is a good and pleasant thing. It is true you are gently shouldered off the stage, but then you are given such a comfortable front stall as spectator.

Ø  Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.

Ø  Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in getting up every time we do.

Ø  Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

Ø  Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.

Ø  Recompense injury with justice, and recompense kindness with kindness.

Ø  Respect yourself and others will respect you.

Ø  Silence is a true friend who never betrays.

Ø  Speak the truth, do not yield to anger; give, if thou art asked for little; by these three steps thou wilt go near the gods.

Ø  Study the past if you would define the future.

Ø  Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure.

Ø  The book salesman should be honored because he brings to our attention, as a rule, the very books we need most and neglect most.

Ø  The cautious seldom err.

Ø  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.

Ø  The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.

Ø  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.

Ø  The firm, the enduring, the simple, and the modest are near to virtue.

Ø  The man of virtue makes the difficulty to be overcome his first business, and success only a subsequent consideration.

Ø  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.

Ø  The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large.

Ø  The object of the superior man is truth.

Ø  The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home.

Ø  The superior man acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his action.

Ø  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.

Ø  The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.

Ø  The superior man makes the difficulty to be overcome his first interest; success only comes later.

Ø  The superior man thinks always of virtue; the common man thinks of comfort.

Ø  The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell.

Ø  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.

Ø  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.

Ø  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.

Ø  They must often change who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.

Ø  To be able under all circumstances to practice five things constitutes perfect virtue; these five things are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness and kindness.

Ø  To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it.

Ø  To go beyond is as wrong as to fall short.


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