(550-478 B.C), Chinese moral teacher
When anger rises, think of the consequences.
He who wishes to secure the good of others, has already secured his own.
A good man it is not mine to see. Could I see a man possessed of constancy, that would satisfy me.
To see what is right and not to do it, is want of courage.
Death and life have their determined appointments; riches and honors depend upon heaven.
The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.
The superior man is slow in his words and earnest in his conduct.
Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
To acknowledge our faults when we are blamed, is modesty; to discover them to one's friends, in ingenuousness, is confidence; but to proclaim them to the world, if one does not take care, is pride.
If a man take no thought about what is distant, he will find sorrow near at hand.
The wheel of fortune turns round incessantly, and who can say to himself, ''I shall today be uppermost.''
There are three friendships which are advantageous: friendship with the upright, with the sincere, and with the man of much observation.—Friendship with the man of specious airs, with the insinuatingly soft, and with the glib-tongued, these are injurious.
Never contract friendship with a man that is not better than thyself.
Gravity is only the bark of wisdom; but it preserves it.
The heart of a wise man should resemble a mirror, which reflects every object without being sullied by any.
Humility is the solid foundation of all the virtues.
Ignorance is the night of the mind, but a night without moon or star.
The essence of knowledge is, having it, to apply it; not having it, to confess your ignorance.
The way of a superior man is threefold: virtuous, he is free from anxieties; wise, he is free from perplexities; bold, he is free from fear.
Superior men, and yet not always virtuous, there have been; but there never has been a mean man, and at the same time virtuous.
I will not be concerned at other men's not knowing me; I will be concerned at my own want of ability.
The superior man wishes to be slow in his words, and earnest in his conduct.
Our headstrong passions shut the door of our souls against God.
Study the past if you would divine the future.
To see what is right, and not do it, is want of courage, or of principle.
To acknowledge our faults when we are blamed is modesty; to discover them to one's friends, in ingenuousness, is confidence; but to preach them to all the world, if one does not take care, is pride.
Better be poisoned in one's blood, than to be poisoned in one's principles.
The injury of prodigality leads to this, that he that will not economize will have to agonize.
Recompense injury with justice, and unkindness with kindness.
He who wishes to secure the good of others has already secured his own.
If the search for riches were sure to be successful, though I should become a groom with a whip in my hand to get them, I will do so. As the search may not be successful, I will follow after that which I love.
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.
Sincerity and truth are the basis of every virtue.
A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.
Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous.
To be able under all circumstances to practise five things constitutes perfect virtue; these five are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness.
To see and listen to the wicked is already the beginning of wickedness.
The general of a large army may be defeated, but you cannot defeat the determined mind of a peasant.
We should worship as though the Deity were present. If my mind is not engaged in my worship, it is as though I worshipped not.