Confucius

c. 551 - c. 479 BC

A Quote by Confucius on circumstances, generosity, kindness, practice, sincerity, soul, and virtue

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

Confucius (c. 551 - c. 479 BC)

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A Quote by Confucius on beauty, love, and virtue

I have not seen one who loves virtue as he loves beauty.

Confucius (c. 551 - c. 479 BC)

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A Quote by Confucius on inferiority, superiority, and understanding

The superior man understands what is right. The inferior man understands what will sell.

Confucius (c. 551 - c. 479 BC)

Source: The Analects, book 4

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A Quote by Confucius on danger, reflection, study, and time

Study without reflection is a waste of time; reflection without study is dangerous.

Confucius (c. 551 - c. 479 BC)

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A Quote by Confucius on anger, caring, chance, consequences, diligence, doubt, information, kindness, sincerity, words, and work

The gentleman has nine cares. In seeing he is careful to see clearly; in hearing he is careful to hear distinctly; in his looks he is careful to be kind, in his manner to be respectful, in his words to be sincere, in his work to be diligent. When in doubt he is careful to ask for information; when angry he has a care for the consequences; and when he sees a chance for gain, he thinks carefully whether the pursuits of it would be right.

Confucius (c. 551 - c. 479 BC)

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A Quote by Confucius on business, corruption, effort, politicians, time, taoism, and path

But if you do not have the Tao yourself, what business have you spending your time in vain efforts to bring corrupt politicians into the right path?

Confucius (c. 551 - c. 479 BC)

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A Quote by Confucius

The Way is not for, but from, man; if we take the Way as something superhuman, beyond man, this is not the real Way.

Confucius (c. 551 - c. 479 BC)

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A Quote by Confucius on beauty, good, and goodness

It is goodness that gives to a neighborhood its beauty. One who is free to choose, yet does not prefer to dwell among the good - how can he be accorded the name of wise?

Confucius (c. 551 - c. 479 BC)

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A Quote by Confucius on experience, imitation, learning, reflection, and wisdom

By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and Third, by experience, which is the bitterest.

Confucius (c. 551 - c. 479 BC)

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A Quote by Confucius

The true gentleman does not preach what he practices till he has practiced what he preaches.

Confucius (c. 551 - c. 479 BC)

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