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Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.

Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.


         

The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.

The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.


         


To See What Is Right And Not Do It Is A Lack Of Courage.

To See What Is Right And Not Do It Is A Lack Of Courage.


         

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.


         


It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.

It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.


         

To know what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice.

To know what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice.


         

The Master said, “A true gentleman is one who has set his heart upon the Way. A fellow who is ashamed merely of shabby clothing or modest meals is not even worth conversing with.”(Analects 4.9)

The Master said, “A true gentleman is one who has set his heart upon the Way. A fellow who is ashamed merely of shabby clothing or modest meals is not even worth conversing with.”(Analects 4.9)


         

The Master said, “If your conduct is determined solely by considerations of profit you will arouse great resentment.

The Master said, “If your conduct is determined solely by considerations of profit you will arouse great resentment.


         

The Master said, “The gentleman understands what is right, whereas the petty man understands profit.”(Analects 4.16)

The Master said, “The gentleman understands what is right, whereas the petty man understands profit.”(Analects 4.16)


         

Words are the voice of the heart.

Words are the voice of the heart.


         

A man who has committed a mistake and doesn't correct it is committing another mistake.

A man who has committed a mistake and doesn't correct it is committing another mistake.


         


The Master said, “The gentleman does not serve as a vessel.”(Analects 2.12)

The Master said, “The gentleman does not serve as a vessel.”(Analects 2.12)


         

The gentleman understands what is moral. The small man understands what is profitable.

The gentleman understands what is moral. The small man understands what is profitable.


         

If you look at their intentions, examine their motives, and scrutinize what brings them contentment – how can people hide who they are? How can they hide who they really are?

If you look at their intentions, examine their motives, and scrutinize what brings them contentment – how can people hide who they are? How can they hide who they really are?


         

To lead an untrained people to war is to throw them away.

To lead an untrained people to war is to throw them away.


         

Don’t grieve when people fail to recognize your ability. Grieve for your lack of ability instead.

Don’t grieve when people fail to recognize your ability. Grieve for your lack of ability instead.


         

Ji Wenzi always thought thrice before acting. Hearing this the Master said, "Twice is enough.

Ji Wenzi always thought thrice before acting. Hearing this the Master said, "Twice is enough.


         

The Master is cordial yet stern, awe-inspiring yet not fierce and respectful yet at ease.

The Master is cordial yet stern, awe-inspiring yet not fierce and respectful yet at ease.


         

The way out is through the door. Why is it that no one will use this method?

The way out is through the door. Why is it that no one will use this method?


         

Attack the evil that is within yourself, rather than attacking the evil that is in others.

Attack the evil that is within yourself, rather than attacking the evil that is in others.