Confucius was a Chinese Philosopher, teacher and writer. He was born in 551 B.C. in today’s Shandong Province, to a military officer who died early in Confucius’ life. Although he was born into the shi class, that was a little above common people and slightly below aristocracy, he was raised by his mother in abject poverty. He worked various professions from shepherd to Minister of Crime but was most famous for his teaching. These teachings have been studied and disseminated for thousands of years because of their emphasis on personal development, righteousness and morality. We are lucky enough to receive his wisdom, even though he left this earthly plane almost 2500 years ago.
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- It does not matter how slow you go as long as you don’t stop.
- When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.
- Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.
- Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.
- Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
- Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure.
- To know what you know and what you do not know, that is true knowledge.
- When anger rises, think of the consequences.
- Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men.
- Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.
- 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.
- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.
- A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.
- Without feelings of respect, what is there to distinguish men from beasts?
- When you are laboring for others let it be with the same zeal as if it were for yourself.
- The superior man acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his action.
- The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell.
- Do not impose on others what you yourself do not desire.
- To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it.
- We should feel sorrow, but not sink under its oppression.
- 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.
- The superior man thinks always of virtue; the common man thinks of comfort.
- Go before the people with your example, and be laborious in their affairs.
- Look at the means which a man employs, consider his motives, observe his pleasures. A man simply cannot conceal himself!
- To see and listen to the wicked is already the beginning of wickedness.
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