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KUNG Fu Tzu (Confucius)


Some are born with knowledge, some derive it from study, and some acquire it only after a painful realization of their ignorance.

But the knowledge being possessed, it comes to the same thing.

Some study with a natural ease, some from a desire for advantages, and some by strenuous effort.

But the achievement being made, it comes to the same thing.

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

How transcendent is the virtue of the middle conduct Rare for a long time has been its practice among the people.

The gentleman is calm and at ease. The gentleman is dignified but not proud, the small man is proud but not dignified.

A gentleman, in his plans, thinks of the Way he does not think how he is going to make a living. Even farming sometimes has a shortage and even learning may incidentally bring a salary. A gentleman is concerned with the progress of the Way he is not anxious about poverty.

There are three sorts of pleasures which are advantageous, and three which are injurious. Finding pleasure in the discriminating study of ceremonies and music, finding pleasure in discussing the good points in the conduct of others, and finding pleasure in having many wise friends, these are advantageous. But finding pleasure in profligate enjoyments, finding pleasure in idle gadding about, and finding pleasure in feasting, these are injurious.

True goodness springs from a man's own heart. All men are born good.

Can there be a love which does not make demands on its object?

A gentleman is ashamed to let his words outrun his deeds.

He who conquers himself is the mightiest warrior.

Virtue cannot live in solitude neighbors are sure to grow up around it.

To know what is right and not to do it is the worst cowardice.

Attack the evil that is within yourself, rather than attacking the evil that is in others.

I have never seen one who really loves goodness or one who really hates wickedness. One who really loves goodness will not place anything above it. One who really hates wickedness will practice goodness in such a way that wickedness will have no chance to get at him. Is there anyone who has devoted his whole strength to doing good for even as long as a single day I have not seen anyone give up such an attempt because he had not the strength to go on. Perhaps there is such a case, but I have never seen it.

The gentleman prefers to be slow in word but diligent in action.

Who expects to be able to go out of a house except by the door How is it then that no one follows this Way of ours.

It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.

Learn as though you would never be able to master it; Hold it as though you would be in fear of losing it

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.

What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.

I want you to be everything that's you, deep at the center of your being.

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 most bitter.

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

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

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