I used to take on trust a man's deeds after having listened to his words. Now having listened to a man's words I go on to observe his deeds.



Profession: Philosopher
Nationality: Chinese

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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.

Keep it simple and focus on what matters. Don't let yourself be overwhelmed.

The Master said, To study, and then in a timely fashion to practice what you have learned—is this not satisfying? To have companions arrive from afar—is this not a joy? To remain unrecognized by others and yet remain free of resentment—is this not the mark of the gentleman?

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

To be poor without murmuring is difficult. To be rich without being proud is easy.

Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.

Do not impose on others what you yourself do not desire.

A man of humanity is one who, in seeking to establish himself, finds a foothold for others and who, in desiring attaining himself, helps others to attain.

Even four harnessed horses cannot bring imprudent words back into the mouth.

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

He who speaks without modesty will find it difficult to make his words good.

The noble-minded encourage what is beautiful in people and discourage what is ugly in them. Little people do just the opposite.

The superior man is firm in the right way, and not merely firm.

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