Monday, December 5, 2011

Confucius: Perennial Quotes

Confucius (551-479 BC) was a Chinese thinker and social philosopher. His philosophy emphasized personal and governmental morality, correctness of social relationships, justice, and sincerity. His perspectives, often remembered through perceptive aphorisms, still offer timely insights.

-Do not do to others what you do not want done to yourself.

- Hold faithfulness and sincerity as first principles.

-If you look into your own heart, and you find nothing wrong there, what is there to worry about? What is there to fear?

- The firm, the enduring, the simple, and the modest are near to virtue.

-Silence is a true friend who never betrays.

-Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.

-Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.

-Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.

-He who knows all the answers has not been asked all the questions.

Selected by quoteflections.

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

-I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.

-And remember, no matter where you go, there you are.

-Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.

-Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses.

-When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.

-Give a bowl of rice to a man and you will feed him for a day. Teach him how to grow his own rice and you will save his life.

-They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.

- A gentleman covets the reputation of being slow in word but prompt in deed.

-To practice five things under all circumstances constitutes perfect virtue; these five are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness.

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