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Confucius Proverbs and Old Sayings
BC 551-479, Chinese Ethical Teacher, Philosopher
|Do not be desirous of having things done quickly. Do not look at small advantages. Desire to have things done quickly prevents their being done thoroughly. Looking at small advantages prevents great affairs from being accomplished.|
The superior man is distressed by the limitations of his ability; he is not distressed by the fact that men do not recognize the ability that he has.
|Ability will never catch up with the demand for it.|
|Mankind differs from the animals only by a little and most people throw that away.|
|I am not concerned that I am not known, I seek to be worthy to be known.|
|Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.|
|To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must cultivate our personal life; and to cultivate our personal life, we must first set our hearts right.|
|When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.|
|Faced with what is right, to leave it undone shows a lack of courage.|
|The cautious seldom err.|
|The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.|
|The superior man will watch over himself when he is alone. He examines his heart that there may be nothing wrong there, and that he may have no cause of dissatisfaction with himself.|
|To be fond of learning is near to wisdom; to practice with vigor is near to benevolence; and to be conscious of shame is near to fortitude. He who knows these three things|
|When we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.|
|To be with God.|
|Ignorance is the night of the mind, but a night without moon or star.|
|Don't complain about the snow on your neighbor's roof when your own doorstep is unclean.|
|If you look into your own heart, you find nothing wrong there, what is there to fear?|
|The father who does not teach his son his duties is equally guilty with the son who neglects them.|
|To see and listen to the wicked is already the beginning of wickedness.|
|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.|
|When anger rises, think of the consequences.|
|To know what is right and not to do it is the worst cowardice.|
|To go beyond is as wrong as to fall short.|
|A man who has committed a mistake and doesn't correct it is committing another mistake.|
|Study the past, if you would divine the future.|
|Faithfulness and sincerity are the highest things.|
|It is not possible for one to teach others who cannot teach his own family.|
|The parents age must be remembered, both for joy and anxiety.|
|The superior man acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his action.|
|Do not impose on others what you yourself do not desire.|
|The wheel of fortune turns round incessantly, and who can say to himself, ''I shall today be uppermost.''|
|Not to alter one's faults is to be faulty indeed.|
|The firm, the enduring, the simple, and the modest are near to virtue.|
|The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large.|
|The real fault is to have faults and not amend them.|
|When you have faults, do not fear to abandon them.|
|A fool despises good counsel, but a wise man takes it to heart.|
|Love thy neighbor as thyself: Do not to others what thou wouldn't not wish be done to thyself: Forgive injuries. Forgive thy enemy, be reconciled to him, give him assistance, invoke God in his behalf.|
|Have no friends not equal to yourself.|
|The perfecting of one's self is the fundamental base of all progress and all moral development.|
|We take greater pains to persuade others we are happy than in trying to think so ourselves.|
|Man who stand on hill with mouth open will wait long time|
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