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List T – Confucius – Quotes


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

  2. The cautious seldom err.

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

  4. 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.

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

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

  7. The object of the superior man is truth.

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

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

  10. The superior man does not, even for the space of a single meal, act contrary to virtue. In moments of haste, he cleaves to it. In seasons of danger, he cleaves to it.

  11. 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.

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

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

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

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

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

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

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

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

  21. To know what you know and what you do not know, that is true knowledge.

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

  23. To rule a country of a thousand chariots, there must be reverent attention to business, and sincerity; economy in expenditure, and love for men; and the employment of the people at the proper seasons.

  24. To see and listen to the wicked is already the beginning of wickedness.

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

  26. To see what is right and not to do it is want of courage, or of principle.

  27. To those whose talents are above mediocrity, the highest subjects may be announced. To those who are below mediocrity, the highest subjects may not be announced.

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