When we see persons of worth, we should think of equaling them; when we see persons of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.



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When we see persons of worth, we should think of equaling them; when we see persons of a contrary ch.. Confucius

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The superior man has a dignified ease without pride. The mean man has pride without a dignified ease.

The gentleman does not promote people merely on the basis of their words, nor does he reject words merely because of the person who uttered them.

If I am walking with two people, both will be my teachers.

The wise are free from perplexities; the virtuous from anxiety; and the bold from fear.

Language is insight itself.

A youth is to be regarded with respect. How do we know that his future will not be equal to our present? If he reach the age of forty or fifty, and has not made himself heard of, then indeed he will not be worth being regarded with respect.

When a wise man points at the moon the imbecile examines the finger.

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.

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?

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.

When a person should be spoken with, and you don't speak with them, you lose them. When a person shouldn't be spoken with and you speak to them, you waste your breath. The wise do not lose people, nor do they waste their breath.

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.

Do everything in moderation, even moderation.

A man is great not because he hasn't failed; a man is great because failure hasn't stopped him.