Tag Archive | "The Confucian Analects"

By nature, men

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

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To be able

To be able to practice five things everywhere under heaven constitutes perfect virtue…[They are] gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness.

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There are three

There are three things which the superior man guards against. In youth…lust. When he is strong…quarrelsomeness. When he is old…covetousness.

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Without an acquaintance

Without an acquaintance with the rules of propriety, it is impossible for the character to be established.

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If a man

If a man takes no thought about what is distant, he will find sorrow near at hand.

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What the superior

What the superior man seeks is in himself. What the mean man seeks is in others.

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What you do

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

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The superior man

The superior man cannot be known in little matters, but he may be entrusted with great concerns. The small man may not be entrusted with great concerns, but he may be known in little matters.

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Virtue is more

Virtue is more to man than either water or fire. I have seen men die from treading on water and fire, but I have never seen a man die from treading the course of virtue.

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The man who

The man who in view of gain thinks of righteousness; who in the view of danger is prepared to give up his life; and who does not forget an old agreement however far back it extends – such a man may be reckoned a complete man.

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