Quotes from Chinese
Confucius –550-478 B.C.
is a true friend who never betrays.
He who wishes to secure the good of others has already secured his
To see what is right and not to do it, is want of courage.
The superior man will watch over himself when he is alone. He
examines his heart that there may be nothing wrong there, and that
he may have no cause of dissatisfaction with himself.
We should worship as though the Deity were present. If my mind is
not engaged in my worship, it is as though I worshipped not.
To be able under all circumstances to practice five things
constitutes perfect virtue; these five are gravity, generosity of
soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness.
It is easy to be rich and not haughty; but it is difficult to be
poor and not grumble.
In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of.
In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.
The wise man is informed in what is right. The inferior man is
informed in what will pay.
A man who does not think and plan long ahead will find trouble right
at his door.
There are three degrees of filial piety. The highest is being a
credit to our parents, the next is not disgracing them, and the
lowest is being able simply to support them.
Our headstrong passions shut the door of our souls against God.
The essence of knowledge is having it, to apply it; not having it to
confess your ignorance.
The heart of a wise man should resemble a mirror, which reflects
every object without being sullied by any.