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.
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.
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.
Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure.
There is nothing more real than what cannot be seen and there is nothing more certain than what cannot be heard.
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.
The best and safest thing is to keep a balance in your life, acknowledge the great powers around us and in us. If you can do that, and live that way, you are really a wise man. Euripides to go beyond is as wrong as to fall short.
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.
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.
Lord Chi Wen thought three times before taking any action. When the Master heard this, he said: Twice is plenty enough.
Worthy admonitions cannot fail to inspire us, but what matters is changing ourselves. Reverent advice cannot fail to encourage us, but what matters is acting on it. Encouraged without acting, inspired without changing -- there's nothing to be done for such people.
The noble-minded worry about their lack of ability, not about people's failure to recognize their ability.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Sincerity is that whereby self-completion is effected, and its way is that by which man must direct himself.
One who never anticipates deceit or expects duplicity, and yet is the first to recognize such things -- is that not a sage indeed?
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.
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.
A bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives roses. If you are generous, you will gain everything.
When everyone hates a person, you should investigate thoroughly, and when everyone loves a person, you should also investigate thoroughly.
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.
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.
He who rules by moral force is like the pole star, which remains in place while all the lesser stars do homage to it.
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.
Even if I could, I would not exahnge their virtues for my own. And that is why they are intent on learning from me.
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.
Friendship with the upright, with the truthful and with the well informed is beneficial. Friendship with those who flatter, with those who are meek and who compromise with principles, and with those who talk cleverly is harmful.
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?
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.
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.
The failure to cultivate virtue, the failure to examine and analyze what I have learned, the inability to move toward righteousness after being shown the way, the inability to correct my faults-these are the causes of my grief.
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.
The Way is not for, but from, man; if we take the Way as something superhuman, beyond man, this is not the real Way.
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.
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.
As the water shapes itself to the vessel that contains it, so a wise man adapts himself to circumstances.
There is good government when those who are near are made happy, and when those who are afar are attracted.
Let every man consider virtue as what devolves on himself. He may not yield the performance of it even to his teacher.
The Three Armies can be deprived of their commanding officer, but even a common man cannot be deprived of his purpose.
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.
When you see a good man, try to emulate his example, and when you see a bad man, search yourself for his faults.
He who needs only coarse food, water and drink, and as pillow his folded arms will find happiness without further search.
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.
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.
The nobler sort of man emphasizes the good qualities in others, and does not accentuate the bad. The inferior does.
The superior person tries to promote music as a means to the perfection of human culture. When such music prevails, and people's minds are led towards the right ideals and aspirations, we may see the appearance of a great nation.
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.
The archer who misses his mark does not blame the target. He stops, corrects himself and shoots again.
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.
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.
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.
I do not enlighten those who are not eager to learn, nor arouse those who are not anxious to give an explanation themselves. If I have presented one corner of the square and they cannot come back to me with the other three, I should not go over the points again.
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.
In his dealings with the world, the gentleman is not invariably for or against anything. He is on the side of what is moral.
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.
At fifteen, my mind was bent on learning.
At thirty, I stood firm.
At forty, I had no doubts.
At fifty, I knew the decrees of Heaven.
At sixty, my ear was receptive to truth.
At seventy, I could follow my heart's desires without sin.
Does Heaven ever speak? The four seasons come and go, and all creatures thrive and grow. Does Heaven ever speak!
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 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.'
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.
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.
Fix your mind on truth, hold firm to virtue, rely on loving kindness, and find your recreation in the Arts.
There is one single thread binding my way together...the way of the Master consists in doing one's best...that is all.
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.
Wisdom delights in water; love delights in hills. Wisdom is stirring; love is quiet. Wisdom is merry; love grows old.
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