Confucius
Quotations


Hold faithfulness and sincerity as first principles.

When you have faults, do not fear to abandon them.

Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous.

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

Love makes a spot beautiful: who chooses not to dwell in love, has he got wisdom?

A heart set on love will do no wrong.

Gentlemen cherish worth; the vulgar cherish dirt. Gentlemen trust in justice; the vulgar trust in favor.

The chase of gain is rich in hate.

Sorrow not at being unknown, but seek to be worthy of note.

A gentleman considers what is right; the vulgar consider what will pay.

A father's and a mother's age must be borne in mind; with joy on the one hand, fear on the other.

A gentleman wishes to be slow to speak and quick to act.

Good is no hermit. It has ever neighbors.

There may be men who act without understanding why. I do not. To listen much, pick out the good and follow it; to see much and ponder it: this comes next to understanding.

Waste begets self-will; thrift begets meanness: but better be mean than self-willed.

A gentleman is calm and spacious: the vulgar are always fretting.



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