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Quote: When music and courtesy are better understood and appreciated, there will be no war. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

When music and courtesy are better understood and appreciated, there will be no war.


Quote: From the loving example of one family a whole State may become loving, and from its courtesies, courteous; while from the ambition and perverseness of the one man the whole State may be thrown into rebellious disorder. Such is the nature of influence. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

From the loving example of one family a whole State may become loving, and from its courtesies, courteous; while from the ambition and perverseness of the one man the whole State may be thrown into rebellious disorder. Such is the nature of influence.


Quote: Without knowing the force of words, it is impossible to know more. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

Without knowing the force of words, it is impossible to know more.




Quote: 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. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

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.


Quote: Know what you know and know that you don't know what you don't know -- that is the characteristic of one who knows. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

Know what you know and know that you don't know what you don't know -- that is the characteristic of one who knows.


Quote: Learn as if you were not reaching your goal and as though you were scared of missing it. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

Learn as if you were not reaching your goal and as though you were scared of missing it.


Quote: The silent treasuring up of knowledge; learning without satiety; and instructing others without being wearied: which one of these things belongs to me? by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

The silent treasuring up of knowledge; learning without satiety; and instructing others without being wearied: which one of these things belongs to me?


Quote: Every journey starts with a single step. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

Every journey starts with a single step.


Quote: Waste begets self-will; thrift begets meanness: but better be mean than self-willed. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

Waste begets self-will; thrift begets meanness: but better be mean than self-willed.


Quote: Excess and deficiency are equally at fault. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

Excess and deficiency are equally at fault.


Quote: A picture is poem without words. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

A picture is poem without words.


Quote: The gentleman sees what is right while the small man sees what is profitable. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

The gentleman sees what is right while the small man sees what is profitable.


Quote: The proper man understands equity, the small man profits. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

The proper man understands equity, the small man profits.


Quote: 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. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

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.


Quote: The gentleman is calm and at ease. The gentleman is dignified but not proud; the small man is proud but not dignified. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

The gentleman is calm and at ease. The gentleman is dignified but not proud; the small man is proud but not dignified.


Quote: 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. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

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.


Quote: I'd rather die for speaking out, than to live and be silent. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

I'd rather die for speaking out, than to live and be silent.


Quote: People with virtue must speak out; People who speak are not all virtuous. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

People with virtue must speak out; People who speak are not all virtuous.


Quote: The requisites of government are that there be sufficiency of food, sufficiency of military equipment, and the confidence of the people in their ruler. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

The requisites of government are that there be sufficiency of food, sufficiency of military equipment, and the confidence of the people in their ruler.


Quote: The person who is not strong enough gives up at the halfway point -- but you are limiting yourself before even starting. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

The person who is not strong enough gives up at the halfway point -- but you are limiting yourself before even starting.


Quote: 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? by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

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?


Quote: Give a man a fish, feed home for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed for a lifetime. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

Give a man a fish, feed home for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed for a lifetime.


Quote: A man who does not think and plan long ahead will find trouble right at his door. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

A man who does not think and plan long ahead will find trouble right at his door.


Quote: If there were one word that could act as a standard of conduct for one's entire life, perhaps it would be 'thoughtfulness. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

If there were one word that could act as a standard of conduct for one's entire life, perhaps it would be 'thoughtfulness.


Quote: 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? by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

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?


Quote: The true gentleman does not preach what he practices till he has practiced what he preaches. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

The true gentleman does not preach what he practices till he has practiced what he preaches.


Quote: The man of wisdom is never of two minds; the man of benevolence never worries; the man of courage is never afraid. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

The man of wisdom is never of two minds; the man of benevolence never worries; the man of courage is never afraid.


Quote: To be truly happy and contented, you must let go of what it means to be happy or content. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

To be truly happy and contented, you must let go of what it means to be happy or content.




Quote: Not knowing life, how can we know death? Why talk of spirits when you do not understand men? by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

Not knowing life, how can we know death? Why talk of spirits when you do not understand men?


Quote: Listen widely to remove your doubts and be careful when speaking about the rest and your mistakes will be few. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

Listen widely to remove your doubts and be careful when speaking about the rest and your mistakes will be few.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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.


Quote: Man is born for uprightness. If a man lose his uprightness and yet live, his escape from death is mere good fortune. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

Man is born for uprightness. If a man lose his uprightness and yet live, his escape from death is mere good fortune.


Quote: 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. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

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.


Quote: The main object of conciliation lies in reaching a solution to a case based upon morals and with a warm heart. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

The main object of conciliation lies in reaching a solution to a case based upon morals and with a warm heart.


Quote: Fine words and an insinuating appearance are seldom associated with true virtue. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

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


Quote: Think no vice so small that you may commit it, and no virtue so small that you may over look it. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

Think no vice so small that you may commit it, and no virtue so small that you may over look it.




Quote: There is one word which may serve as a rule of practice for all one's life -reciprocity. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

There is one word which may serve as a rule of practice for all one's life -reciprocity.


Quote: The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their proper name. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their proper name.


Quote: A man without a mustache is a man without a soul. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

A man without a mustache is a man without a soul.


Quote: Love is like a spice. It can sweeten your life -- however, it can spoil it, too. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

Love is like a spice. It can sweeten your life -- however, it can spoil it, too.


Quote: Baseball is wrong, man with four balls cannot walk. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

Baseball is wrong, man with four balls cannot walk.


Quote: Yin and yang, male and female, strong and weak, rigid and tender, heaven and earth, light and darkness, thunder and lightning, cold and warmth, good and evil...the interplay of opposite principles constitutes the universe. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

Yin and yang, male and female, strong and weak, rigid and tender, heaven and earth, light and darkness, thunder and lightning, cold and warmth, good and evil...the interplay of opposite principles constitutes the universe.


Quote: 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. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

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.


Quote: Exemplary people concern themselves with virtue,
 small people concern themselves with territory. The ruling class
 thinks of punishment, the lower classes hope for benevolence. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

Exemplary people concern themselves with virtue,
small people concern themselves with territory. The ruling class
thinks of punishment, the lower classes hope for benevolence.


Quote: With a heavy load and a long journey. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

With a heavy load and a long journey.


Quote: 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. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

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.


Quote: 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? by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

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?


Quote: The general of a large army may be defeated, but you cannot defeat the determined mind of a peasant. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

The general of a large army may be defeated, but you cannot defeat the determined mind of a peasant.


Quote: 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. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

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.


Quote: Make faithfulness and truth thy masters: have no friends unlike thyself: be not ashamed to mend thy faults. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

Make faithfulness and truth thy masters: have no friends unlike thyself: be not ashamed to mend thy faults.


Quote: When you serve your mother and father it is okay to try to correct them once in a while. But if you see that they are not going to listen to you, keep your respect for them and don't distance yourself from them. Work without complaining. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

When you serve your mother and father it is okay to try to correct them once in a while. But if you see that they are not going to listen to you, keep your respect for them and don't distance yourself from them. Work without complaining.


Quote: A gentleman is ashamed to let his words outrun his deeds. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

A gentleman is ashamed to let his words outrun his deeds.


Quote: 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. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

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.


Quote: When the multitude detests a man, inquiry is necessary; when the multitude likes a man, inquiry is equally necessary. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

When the multitude detests a man, inquiry is necessary; when the multitude likes a man, inquiry is equally necessary.


Quote: The wise are free from perplexities; the virtuous from anxiety; and the bold from fear. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

The wise are free from perplexities; the virtuous from anxiety; and the bold from fear.


Quote: 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. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

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.


Quote: The great man is sparing in words but prodigal in deeds. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

The great man is sparing in words but prodigal in deeds.


Quote: The inner nature of man is the province of Music. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

The inner nature of man is the province of Music.


Quote: Just as lavishness leads easily to presumption, so does frugality to meanness. But meanness is a far less serious fault than presumption. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

Just as lavishness leads easily to presumption, so does frugality to meanness. But meanness is a far less serious fault than presumption.


Quote: Music is the one thing in which there is no use trying to deceive others or make false pretenses. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

Music is the one thing in which there is no use trying to deceive others or make false pretenses.




Quote: 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. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

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.


Quote: If a man has no humaneness what can his propriety be like? If a man has no humaneness what can his happiness be like? by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

If a man has no humaneness what can his propriety be like? If a man has no humaneness what can his happiness be like?


Quote: 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. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

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.




Quote: 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. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

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.


Quote: Guide them by edicts, keep them in line with punishments, and the common people will stay out of trouble but will have no sense of shame. Guide them by virtue, keep them in line with the rites, and they will, besides having a sense of shame, reform themselves. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

Guide them by edicts, keep them in line with punishments, and the common people will stay out of trouble but will have no sense of shame. Guide them by virtue, keep them in line with the rites, and they will, besides having a sense of shame, reform themselves.


Quote: Slater soaks into the mind as water into low and marshy places, where it becomes stagnant and offensive. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

Slater soaks into the mind as water into low and marshy places, where it becomes stagnant and offensive.


Quote: 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. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

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.


Quote: When frying small fish, disturb them little. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

When frying small fish, disturb them little.


Quote: Who heeds not the future will find sorrow at hand. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

Who heeds not the future will find sorrow at hand.


Quote: How transcendent is the virtue of the middle conduct! Rare for a long time has been its practice among the people. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

How transcendent is the virtue of the middle conduct! Rare for a long time has been its practice among the people.


Quote: Transport a handful of earth everyday and you will make a mountain. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

Transport a handful of earth everyday and you will make a mountain.




Quote: 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. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

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.


Quote: Possessed of courage but devoid of morality, a superior man will make trouble while a small man will be a brigand. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

Possessed of courage but devoid of morality, a superior man will make trouble while a small man will be a brigand.


Quote: 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. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

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.


Quote: The superior man is intelligently, not blindly, faithful. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

The superior man is intelligently, not blindly, faithful.


Quote: A superior man in dealing with the world is not for anything or against anything. He follows righteousness as the standard. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

A superior man in dealing with the world is not for anything or against anything. He follows righteousness as the standard.


Quote: The superior man sets his person at rest before he moves; he composes his mind before he speaks. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

The superior man sets his person at rest before he moves; he composes his mind before he speaks.


Quote: 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. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

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.


Quote: The superior man is satisfied and composed; the mean man is always full of distress. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

The superior man is satisfied and composed; the mean man is always full of distress.


Quote: The superior man is anxious lest he should not get the truth; he is not anxious lest poverty should come upon him. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

The superior man is anxious lest he should not get the truth; he is not anxious lest poverty should come upon him.


Quote: 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. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

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.


Quote: The superior man is distressed by his want of ability. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

The superior man is distressed by his want of ability.


Quote: 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. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

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.


Quote: The superior man does what is proper to the station in which he is; he does not desire to go beyond this. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

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

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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.


Quote: Desire to have things done quickly prevents their being done thoroughly. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

Desire to have things done quickly prevents their being done thoroughly.


Quote: 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? by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

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?


Quote: The superior man has a dignified ease without pride. The mean man has pride without a dignified ease. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

The superior man has a dignified ease without pride. The mean man has pride without a dignified ease.


Quote: Looking at small advantages prevents great affairs from being accomplished. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

Looking at small advantages prevents great affairs from being accomplished.


Quote: A lack of patience in trifling matters might lead to the disruption of great project. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

A lack of patience in trifling matters might lead to the disruption of great project.


Quote: 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. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

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.


Quote: To know is to know that you know nothing. That is the meaning of true knowledge. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

To know is to know that you know nothing. That is the meaning of true knowledge.


Quote: 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. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

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.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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.


Quote: The superior person gathers his weapons together in order to provide against the unforeseen. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

The superior person gathers his weapons together in order to provide against the unforeseen.


Quote: 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. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

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.


Quote: We are so busy doing the urgent that we don't have time to do the important. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

We are so busy doing the urgent that we don't have time to do the important.


Quote: A workman who wants to do his work well must first prepare his tools. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

A workman who wants to do his work well must first prepare his tools.


Quote: There is the love of knowing without the love of learning; the beclouding here leads to dissipation of mind. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

There is the love of knowing without the love of learning; the beclouding here leads to dissipation of mind.


Quote: 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. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

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.


Quote: Justice is like the north star, which is fixed, and all the rest revolve about it. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

Justice is like the north star, which is fixed, and all the rest revolve about it.


Quote: I live in a very small house, but my windows look out on a very large world. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

I live in a very small house, but my windows look out on a very large world.


Quote: If a man takes no thought about what is distant, he will find sorrow near at hand. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

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


Quote: If what one has to say is not better than silence, then one should keep silent. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

If what one has to say is not better than silence, then one should keep silent.


Quote: A fool despises good counsel, but a wise man takes it to heart. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

A fool despises good counsel, but a wise man takes it to heart.


Quote: To see what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

To see what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice.


Quote: A lion chased me up a tree, and I greatly enjoyed the view from the top. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

A lion chased me up a tree, and I greatly enjoyed the view from the top.


Quote: 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. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

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.


Quote: Knowledge without practice is useless. Practice without knowledge is dangerous. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

Knowledge without practice is useless. Practice without knowledge is dangerous.


Quote: It is not the failure of others to appreciate your abilities that should trouble you, but rather your failure to appreciate theirs. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

It is not the failure of others to appreciate your abilities that should trouble you, but rather your failure to appreciate theirs.


Quote: He who knows all the answers has not been asked all the questions. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

He who knows all the answers has not been asked all the questions.


Quote: The man who thinks he can and the man who thinks he can't are both right. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

The man who thinks he can and the man who thinks he can't are both right.


Quote: 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. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

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.


Quote: Man who stand on hill with mouth open will wait long time for roast duck to drop in. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

Man who stand on hill with mouth open will wait long time for roast duck to drop in.


Quote: When a wise man points at the moon the imbecile examines the finger. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

When a wise man points at the moon the imbecile examines the finger.


Quote: Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

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


Quote: Acquire new knowledge whilst thinking over the old, and you may become a teacher of others. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

Acquire new knowledge whilst thinking over the old, and you may become a teacher of others.


Quote: He who chases two rabbits, catches none. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

He who chases two rabbits, catches none.


Quote: There are three unfilial acts: the greatest of these is the failure to produce sons. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

There are three unfilial acts: the greatest of these is the failure to produce sons.


Quote: Ignorance is the night of the mind, but a night without moon or star. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

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


Quote: A man of wisdom delights in water. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

A man of wisdom delights in water.


Quote: 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? by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

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?


Quote: Rather than caring about whether or not you are known, strive to be worth knowing. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

Rather than caring about whether or not you are known, strive to be worth knowing.


Quote: Study without reflection is a waste of time; reflection without study is dangerous. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

Study without reflection is a waste of time; reflection without study is dangerous.


Quote: Words are the voice of the heart. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

Words are the voice of the heart.


Quote: If you make a mistake and do not correct it, this is called a mistake. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

If you make a mistake and do not correct it, this is called a mistake.




Quote: 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. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

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.


Quote: To rank the effort above the prize may be called love. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

To rank the effort above the prize may be called love.


Quote: The demands that a great man makes are on himself; those of a petty man are upon others. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

The demands that a great man makes are on himself; those of a petty man are upon others.


Quote: The green reed which bends in the wind is stronger than the mighty oak which breaks in a storm. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

The green reed which bends in the wind is stronger than the mighty oak which breaks in a storm.


Quote: The superior man, when resting in safety, does not forget that danger may come. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

The superior man, when resting in safety, does not forget that danger may come.

Longer Version/[Notes]:

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.


Quote: 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. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

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.


Quote: Have no friends not equal to yourself. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

Have no friends not equal to yourself.


Quote: 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. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

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.


Quote: Past scholars studied to improve themselves; Today's scholars study to impress others. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

Past scholars studied to improve themselves; Today's scholars study to impress others.


Quote: Never hesitate to ask a lesser person. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

Never hesitate to ask a lesser person.


Quote: By nature, men are nearly alike; by practice, they get to be wide apart. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

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


Quote: Learn as though you would never be able to master it; hold it as though you would be in fear of losing it. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

Learn as though you would never be able to master it; hold it as though you would be in fear of losing it.


Quote: Of all that Heaven produces and nourishes, there is none so great as man. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

Of all that Heaven produces and nourishes, there is none so great as man.


Quote: 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. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

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.


Quote: The wheel of fortune turns round incessantly, and who can say to himself, I shall today be uppermost. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

The wheel of fortune turns round incessantly, and who can say to himself, I shall today be uppermost.


Quote: When you have faults, do not fear to abandon them. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

When you have faults, do not fear to abandon them.


Quote: A disciple having asked for a definition of charity, the Master said LOVE ONE ANOTHER. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

A disciple having asked for a definition of charity, the Master said LOVE ONE ANOTHER.


Quote: Charity, like the sun, brightens every object on which it shines. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

Charity, like the sun, brightens every object on which it shines.


Quote: Heaven means to be one with God. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

Heaven means to be one with God.






Quote: A youth is to be regarded with respect. How do we know that his future will not be equal to our present? by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

A youth is to be regarded with respect. How do we know that his future will not be equal to our present?




Quote: I followed my heart without breaking any rules. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

I followed my heart without breaking any rules.


Quote: Man who want pretty nurse, must be patient. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

Man who want pretty nurse, must be patient.


Quote: The father who does not teach his son his duties is equally guilty with the son who neglects them. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

The father who does not teach his son his duties is equally guilty with the son who neglects them.


Quote: Men do not stumble over mountains, but over mole hills. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

Men do not stumble over mountains, but over mole hills.


Quote: A wise man has dignity without pride; a fool has pride without dignity. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

A wise man has dignity without pride; a fool has pride without dignity.


Quote: What is most needed for learning is a humble mind. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

What is most needed for learning is a humble mind.


Quote: It is not possible for one to teach others who cannot teach his own family. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

It is not possible for one to teach others who cannot teach his own family.


Quote: To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order; we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order; we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right.


Quote: Those who cannot forgive others break the bridge over which they themselves must pass. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

Those who cannot forgive others break the bridge over which they themselves must pass.


Quote: It is better to light one small candle of gratitude than to curse the darkness. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

It is better to light one small candle of gratitude than to curse the darkness.


Quote: Learning without thought is labour lost; thought without learning is perilous. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

Learning without thought is labour lost; thought without learning is perilous.


Quote: Reading without thinking will confuse you.Thinking without reading will place you in danger. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

Reading without thinking will confuse you.Thinking without reading will place you in danger.


Quote: You must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

You must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.


Quote: 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. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

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.


Quote: The way out is through the door. Why is it that no one will use this method? by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

The way out is through the door. Why is it that no one will use this method?


Quote: There are three things against which the wise man guards: lust when young, quarrels when strong, and covetousness when old. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

There are three things against which the wise man guards: lust when young, quarrels when strong, and covetousness when old.


Quote: We should keep the dead before our eyes, and honor them as though still living. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

We should keep the dead before our eyes, and honor them as though still living.


Quote: The scholar does not consider gold and jade to be precious treasures, but loyalty and good faith. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

The scholar does not consider gold and jade to be precious treasures, but loyalty and good faith.


Quote: Be loyal and trustworthy. Do not befriend anyone who is lower than yourself in this regard. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

Be loyal and trustworthy. Do not befriend anyone who is lower than yourself in this regard.


Quote: 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. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

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.


Quote: 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. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

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.


Quote: To be in one's own heart in kindly sympathy with all things; this is the nature of righteousness. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

To be in one's own heart in kindly sympathy with all things; this is the nature of righteousness.


Quote: If your desire is for good, the people will be good. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

If your desire is for good, the people will be good.


Quote: When wealth is centralized, the people are dispersed. When wealth is distributed, the people are brought together. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

When wealth is centralized, the people are dispersed. When wealth is distributed, the people are brought together.


Quote: He who conquers himself is the mightiest warrior. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

He who conquers himself is the mightiest warrior.


Quote: The funniest people are the saddest ones. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

The funniest people are the saddest ones.


Quote: The man who asks a question is a fool for a minute, the man who does not ask is a fool for life. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

The man who asks a question is a fool for a minute, the man who does not ask is a fool for life.


Quote: If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help someone else. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help someone else.


Quote: Roads were made for journeys not destinations. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

Roads were made for journeys not destinations.


Quote: 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. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

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.


Quote: No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.


Quote: Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

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


Quote: A man is great not because he hasn't failed; a man is great because failure hasn't stopped him. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

A man is great not because he hasn't failed; a man is great because failure hasn't stopped him.


Quote: To know what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

To know what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice.


Quote: If you try to do too much, you will not achieve anything. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

If you try to do too much, you will not achieve anything.


Quote: To see the right and not to do it is cowardice. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

To see the right and not to do it is cowardice.


Quote: The superior man thinks always of virtue; the common man thinks of comfort. by author Confucius overlaid on photo of photo of author Confucius with quote

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


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