Saturday, February 28, 2009

Favorite quotes from Confucius


Confucius was a Chinese thinker and social philosopher, whose teachings and philosophy have deeply influenced Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Taiwanese and Vietnamese thought and life. His philosophy emphasized personal and governmental morality, correctness of social relationships, justice and sincerity. This list looks at some of his greatest quotations - all of which are as applicable to us today as they were when he wrote them in the fourth century BC.
  • Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it.
  • It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.
  • Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in getting up every time we do.
  • What the superior man seeks is in himself; what the small man seeks is in others.
  • They must often change who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.
  • If a man takes no thought about what is distant, he will find sorrow near at hand
  • Recompense injury with justice, and recompense kindness with kindness.
  • The cautious seldom err.
  • 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.
  • The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.
  • Things that are done, it is needless to speak about…things that are past, it is needless to blame.
  • What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.
  • Without an acquaintance with the rules of propriety, it is impossible for the character to be established.
  • To go beyond is as wrong as to fall short.

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