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.
It is not the failure of others to appreciate your abilities that should trouble you, but rather your failure to appreciate theirs.
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When you see a good person, think of becoming like her/him. When you see someone not so good, reflect on your own weak points.
Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.
The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.
The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones. Confucius Quotes from The Analects
Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
What the superior man seeks is in himself; what the small man seeks is in others.
The man who asks a question is a fool for a minute, the man who does not ask is a fool for life.
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You cannot open a book without learning something.
I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.
He who knows all the answers has not been asked all the questions.
If you make a mistake and do not correct it, this is called a mistake.
Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous.
If your plan is for one year plant rice. If your plan is for ten years plant trees. If your plan is for one hundred years educate children.
To be wealthy and honored in an unjust society is a disgrace. Confucius quotes on education from The Analects
Respect yourself and others will respect you.
Study the past if you would define the future.
To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order; we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right.
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True wisdom is knowing what you don’t know.
Hold faithfulness and sincerity as first principles.
Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.
It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.
Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men.
When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.
The noble-minded are calm and steady. Little people are forever fussing and fretting. Famous Confucius quotes on wisdom from The Analects
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.
The hardest thing of all is to find a black cat in a dark room, especially if there is no cat.
A lion chased me up a tree, and I greatly enjoyed the view from the top.
When a wise man points at the moon the imbecile examines the finger.
Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.
When anger rises, think of the consequences.
Never give a sword to a man who can’t dance.
Humility is the solid foundation of all virtues.
Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.
The cautious seldom err. Confucius Quotes from The Analects
Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.
Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.
We should feel sorrow, but not sink under its oppression.
What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.
An oppressive government is more to be feared than a tiger.
The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home.
A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.
It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them.
Without feelings of respect, what is there to distinguish men from beasts?
He who speaks without modesty will find it difficult to make his words good.
The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large.
He who learns but does not think, is lost! He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.
Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure.
The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.
The faults of a superior person are like the sun and moon. They have their faults, and everyone sees them; they change and everyone looks up to them.
The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential… these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.
To practice five things under all circumstances constitutes perfect virtue; these five are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness.
Old age, believe me, is a good and pleasant thing. It is true you are gently shouldered off the stage, but then you are given such a comfortable front stall as spectator.
If I am walking with two other men, each of them will serve as my teacher. I will pick out the good points of the one and imitate them, and the bad points of the other and correct them in myself.
It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve; and bad things are very easy to get.
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