Born: 551 B.C.
Birthplace: Lu, China
Died: 479 B.C.
Profile: Chinese social philosopher and thinker. Best known for Analects of Confucius.
Number of Quotes: 16
A gentleman can withstand hardships; it is only the small man who, when submitted to them, is swept off his feet.
He who learns but does not think is lost. He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.
If a gentleman is frivolous, he will lose the respect of his inferiors.
It is only the very wisest and the very stupidest who cannot change.
Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.
Men's natures are alike; it is their habits that carry them apart.
Old age, believe me, is a good and pleasant thing. It is true you are gently shouldered off the stage, but then you are given such a comfortable front stall as spectator.
The man of virtue makes the difficulty to be overcome his first business, and success only a subsequent consideration.
The Master said,At fifteen I set my heart on learning; at thirty I took my stand; at forty I came to be free from doubts; at fifty I understood the Decree of Heaven; at sixty my ear was attuned; at seventy I followed my heart's desire without overstepping the line.
The superior man is easy to serve, but difficult to please ... The inferior man is difficult to serve, but easy to please.
The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell.
Things that are done, it is needless to speak about ... things that are past, it is needless to blame.
To be dilatory about giving orders, but to expect absolute punctuality, that is called being a tormentor.
When anger rises, think of the consequences.
When you meet someone better than yourself, turn your thoughts to becoming his equal. When you meet someone not as good as you are, look within and examine your own self.
Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.