Confucius (Philosopher)

#4341 Confucius

At fifteen my heart was set on learning; at thirty I stood firm; at forty I had no more doubts; at fifty I knew the mandate of heaven; at sixty my ear was obedient; at seventy I could follow my heart's desire without transgressing the norm. .

Confucius Quotes about art
#4342 Confucius

See a person's means … Observe his motives. Examine that in which he rests. How can a person conceal his character? .

Confucius Quotes about character
#4343 Confucius

The Superior Man is all-embracing and not partial. The inferior man is partial and not all-embracing. .

Confucius Quotes about art
#4344 Confucius

If you see what is right and fail to act on it, you lack courage. .

Confucius Quotes about courage
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Being in humaneness is good. If we select other goodness and thus are far apart from humaneness, how can we be the wise? .

Confucius Quotes about art
#4346 Confucius

When we see men of worth, we should think of equaling them; when we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves. .

Confucius Quotes about war
#4347 Confucius

The man of virtue makes the difficulty to be overcome his first business, and success only a subsequent consideration: this may be called perfect virtue. .

Confucius Quotes about success
#4348 Confucius

I do not open up the truth to one who is not eager to get knowledge, nor help out any one who is not anxious to explain himself. When I have presented one corner of a subject to any one, and he cannot from it learn the other three, I do not repeat my lesson. .

Confucius Quotes about truth
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He who exercises government by means of his virtue may be compared to the north polar star, which keeps its place when all the stars are rotating about it. .

Confucius Quotes about men
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What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others. .

Confucius Quotes about self
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A scholar who loves comfort is not worthy of the name. .

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

Confucius Quotes about success
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When you have faults, do not fear to abandon them. .

Confucius Quotes about fear
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The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell. .

Confucius Quotes about man
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Guide the people by law, subdue them by punishment; they may shun crime, but will be void of shame. Guide them by example, subdue them by courtesy; they will learn shame, and come to be good. .

Confucius Quotes about people
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Only after Winter comes do we know that the pine and the cypress are the last to fade. .

Confucius Quotes about winter
#4357 Confucius

What Heaven has conferred is called The Nature; an accordance with this nature is called The Path of duty; the regulation of this path is called Instruction. The path may not be left for an instant. If it could be left, it would not be the path. .

Confucius Quotes about nature
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The way which the superior man pursues, reaches wide and far, and yet is secret. Common men and women, however ignorant, may intermeddle with the knowledge of it; yet in its utmost reaches, there is that which even the sage does not know. .

Confucius Quotes about knowledge
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The superior man does what is proper to the station in which he is; he does not desire to go beyond this. .

Confucius Quotes about desire
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In archery we have something like the way of the superior man. When the archer misses the center of the target, he turns round and seeks for the cause of his failure in himself. .

Confucius Quotes about failure
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His presenting himself with his institutions before spiritual beings, without any doubts arising about them, shows that he knows Heaven. His being prepared, without any misgivings, to wait for the rise of a sage a hundred ages after, shows that he knows men. .

Confucius Quotes about spiritual
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It is the way of the superior man to prefer the concealment of his virtue, while it daily becomes more illustrious, and it is the way of the mean man to seek notoriety, while he daily goes more and more to ruin. .

Confucius Quotes about men
#4363 Confucius

What Heaven has conferred is called The Nature; an accordance with this nature is called The Path of duty; the regulation of this path is called Instruction. The path may not be left for an instant. If it could be left, it would not be the path. On this account, the superior man does not wait till he sees things, to be cautious, nor till he hears things, to be apprehensive. .

Confucius Quotes about nature
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There is nothing more visible than what is secret, and nothing more manifest than what is minute. Therefore the superior man is watchful over himself, when he is alone. .

Confucius Quotes about self
#4365 Confucius

Let the states of equilibrium and harmony exist in perfection, and a happy order will prevail throughout heaven and earth, and all things will be nourished and flourish. .

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Perfect is the virtue which is according to the Mean! Rare have they long been among the people, who could practice it! .

Confucius Quotes about people
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I know how it is that the path of the Mean is not walked in — The knowing go beyond it, and the stupid do not come up to it. I know how it is that the path of the Mean is not understood — The men of talents and virtue go beyond it, and the worthless do not come up to it. .

Confucius Quotes about men
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There is no body but eats and drinks. But they are few who can distinguish flavors. .

Confucius Quotes about body
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Men all say, "We are wise"; but being driven forward and taken in a net, a trap, or a pitfall, they know not how to escape. Men all say, "We are wise"; but happening to choose the course of the Mean, they are not able to keep it for a round month. .

Confucius Quotes about war
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The kingdom, its states, and its families, may be perfectly ruled; dignities and emoluments may be declined; naked weapons may be trampled under the feet; but the course of the Mean cannot be attained to. .

Confucius Quotes about men
#4371 Confucius

To show forbearance and gentleness in teaching others; and not to revenge unreasonable conduct — this is the energy of southern regions, and the good man makes it his study. To lie under arms; and meet death without regret — this is the energy of northern regions, and the forceful make it their study. Therefore, the superior man cultivates a friendly harmony, without being weak — How firm is he in his energy! He stands erect in the middle, without inclining to either side — How firm is he in his energy! When good principles prevail in the government of his country, he does not change from what he was in retirement. How firm is he in his energy! When bad principles prevail in the country, he maintains his course to death without changing — How firm is he in his energy! .

Confucius Quotes about death
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The superior man accords with the course of the Mean. Though he may be all unknown, unregarded by the world, he feels no regret — It is only the sage who is able for this. .

Confucius Quotes about world
#4373 Confucius

The way which the superior man pursues, reaches wide and far, and yet is secret. Common men and women, however ignorant, may intermeddle with the knowledge of it; yet in its utmost reaches, there is that which even the sage does not know. Common men and women, however much below the ordinary standard of character, can carry it into practice; yet in its utmost reaches, there is that which even the sage is not able to carry into practice. Great as heaven and earth are, men still find some things in them with which to be dissatisfied. Thus it is that, were the superior man to speak of his way in all its greatness, nothing in the world would be found able to embrace it, and were he to speak of it in its minuteness, nothing in the world would be found able to split it. .

Confucius Quotes about knowledge
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The way of the superior man may be found, in its simple elements, in the intercourse of common men and women; but in its utmost reaches, it shines brightly through Heaven and Earth. .

Confucius Quotes about women
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The Path is not far from man. When men try to pursue a course, which is far from the common indications of consciousness, this course cannot be considered The Path. .

Confucius Quotes about men
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The superior man governs men, according to their nature, with what is proper to them, and as soon as they change what is wrong, he stops. .

Confucius Quotes about change
#4377 Confucius

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. What you do not like when done to yourself, do not do to others. .

Confucius Quotes about nature
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Earnest in practicing the ordinary virtues, and careful in speaking about them, if, in his practice, he has anything defective, the superior man dares not but exert himself; and if, in his words, he has any excess, he dares not allow himself such license. Thus his words have respect to his actions, and his actions have respect to his words; is it not just an entire sincerity which marks the superior man? .

Confucius Quotes about words
#4381 Confucius

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. .

Confucius Quotes about travel
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How abundantly do spiritual beings display the powers that belong to them! We look for them, but do not see them; we listen to, but do not hear them; yet they enter into all things, and there is nothing without them. .

Confucius Quotes about power
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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. .

Confucius Quotes about read
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The administration of government lies in getting proper men. Such men are to be got by means of the ruler's own character. That character is to be cultivated by his treading in the ways of duty. And the treading those ways of duty is to be cultivated by the cherishing of benevolence. .

Confucius Quotes about reading
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Benevolence is the characteristic element of humanity. .

Confucius Quotes about humanity
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To be fond of learning is to be near to knowledge. To practice with vigor is to be near to magnanimity. To possess the feeling of shame is to be near to energy. .

Confucius Quotes about knowledge
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By the ruler's cultivation of his own character, the duties of universal obligation are set forth. By honoring men of virtue and talents, he is preserved from errors of judgment. .

Confucius Quotes about men
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In all things success depends on previous preparation, and without such previous preparation there is sure to be failure. If what is to be spoken be previously determined, there will be no stumbling. If affairs be previously determined, there will be no difficulty with them. If one's actions have been previously determined, there will be no sorrow in connection with them. If principles of conduct have been previously determined, the practice of them will be inexhaustible. .

Confucius Quotes about success
#4389 Confucius

Sincerity is the way of Heaven. The attainment of sincerity is the way of men. He who possesses sincerity is he who, without an effort, hits what is right, and apprehends, without the exercise of thought — he is the sage who naturally and easily embodies the right way. He who attains to sincerity is he who chooses what is good, and firmly holds it fast. To this attainment there are requisite the extensive study of what is good, accurate inquiry about it, careful reflection on it, the clear discrimination of it, and the earnest practice of it. .

Confucius Quotes about men
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When we have intelligence resulting from sincerity, this condition is to be ascribed to nature; when we have sincerity resulting from intelligence, this condition is to be ascribed to instruction. But given the sincerity, and there shall be the intelligence; given the intelligence, and there shall be the sincerity. .

Confucius Quotes about intelligence
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It is only he who is possessed of the most complete sincerity that can exist under heaven, who can give its full development to his nature. Able to give its full development to his own nature, he can do the same to the nature of other men. Able to give its full development to the nature of other men, he can give their full development to the natures of animals and things. Able to give their full development to the natures of creatures and things, he can assist the transforming and nourishing powers of Heaven and Earth. Able to assist the transforming and nourishing powers of Heaven and Earth, he may with Heaven and Earth form a . .

Confucius Quotes about art
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Sincerity becomes apparent. From being apparent, it becomes manifest. From being manifest, it becomes brilliant. Brilliant, it affects others. Affecting others, they are changed by it. Changed by it, they are transformed. It is only he who is possessed of the most complete sincerity that can exist under heaven, who can transform. .

Confucius Quotes about change

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