Gravity is only the bark of wisdom's tree; but it preserves it.

Confucius

Confucius

Profession: Philosopher
Nationality: Chinese

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Clever talk, ingratiating looks, fawning reverence: Tso-ch'iu Ming found that shameful, and so do I. Friendly while harboring resentment: Tso-ch'iu Ming found that shameful, too, and so do I.

A great man is hard on himself; a small man is hard on others.

The Master said, A true gentleman is one who has set his heart upon the Way. A fellow who is ashamed merely of shabby clothing or modest meals is not even worth conversing with.

He who flatters a man is his enemy. he who tells him of his faults is his maker.

A youth, when at home, should be filial and, abroad, respectful to his elders. He should be earnest and truthful. He should overflow in love to all and cultivate the friendship of the good. When he has time and opportunity, after the performance of these things, he should employ them in polite studies.

When respect is shown according to what is proper, one keeps far from shame and disgrace.

The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.

Who can (make) the muddy water (clear)? Let it be still, and it will gradually become clear.

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

We have two lives, and the second begins when we realize we only have one.

When the Master entered the great temple he asked about everything. Someone said, ‘Who will say that this son of the man of Zou knows about ritual? When he enters the temple, he asks about everything'. The Master heard of it and said, ‘This is the ritual'.

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

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.

Listen to all that you can – then, if you forget the deficiencies and speak about the rest cautiously, you avoid trouble. See all that you can – then, if you forget the perilous and act upon the rest cautiously, you'll avoid regret. In speech avoid trouble, in action avoid regret – then rewards will come of themselves.