Ancient China
-551 // -479
Philosopher / Moralist


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There is the love of knowing without the love of learning; the beclouding here leads to dissipation of mind
The scholar who cherishes the love of comfort, is not fit to be deemed a scholar
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
To lead an uninstructed people to war is to throw them away
To acknowledge our faults when we are blamed, is modesty; to discover them to one's friends in ingenuousness, is confidence; but to preach them to all the world, if one does not take care, is pride
Those who know the truth are not equal to those who love it
The mirror reflects all objects without being sullied
The man of upright life is obeyed before he speaks
The main object of conciliation lies in reaching a solution to a case based upon morals and with a warm heart
The injury of prodigality leads to this, that he who will not economize will have to agonize
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."