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Chinese Quotes: Confucius and Various Authors

When considering the nature of things, a variety of historical figures are cited as influential. While many of them have merit, Confucius stands alone.


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 Chinese Quotes: Confucius
When anger rises, think of the consequences.

He who speaks without modesty will find it difficult to make his words good.

To see what is right and not to do it is want of courage.

The superior man, when resting in safety, does not forget that danger may come. When in a state of security he does not forget the possibility of ruin. When all is orderly, he does not forget that disorder may come. Thus his person is not endangered, and his States and all their clans are preserved.

They must often change who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.

When we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.

Fine words and an insinuating appearance are seldom associated with true 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.

Have no friends not equal to yourself.

By nature, men are nearly alike; by practice, they get to be wide apart.

He who exercises government by means of his virtue may be compared to the north polar star, which keeps its place and all the stars turn towards it
 Chinese Quotes: Various
An inch of time is an inch of gold.
But an inch of gold can't buy an inch of time.

Set the goal too high and way off!

Let's put our heads together for the benefit of all.

I'd rather die for speaking out,
than to live and be silent.

Black cat or white cat: If it can catch mice, it's a good cat.

Rise and fall of a nation rests with every one of its citizens.


 Chinese Quotes: Tao Te Ching
Do not conquer the world with force, for force only causes resistance. Thorns spring up when an army passes. Years of misery follow a great victory. Do only what needs to be done without using violence.

In dwelling, live close to the ground. In thinking, keep to the simple. In conflict, be fair and generous. In governing, don't try to control. In work, do what you enjoy. In family life, be completely present.

Knowing others is intelligence; knowing yourself is true wisdom. Mastering others is strength; mastering yourself is true power. If you realize that you have enough, you are truly rich. 

To know you have enough is to be rich.

When spring comes the grass grows by itself.

Whoever can see through all fear will always be safe.