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“For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he.” – Proverbs 23:7

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Confucius Says:


1. A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.

2. By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.

3. Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.

4. I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.

5. If I am walking with two other men, each of them will serve as my teacher. I will pick out the good points of the one and imitate them, and the bad points of the other and correct them in myself.

6. If you shoot for the stars and hit the moon, it's OK. But you've got to shoot for something. A lot of people don't even shoot.

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

8. Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.

9. Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

10. Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure.

11. The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.

12. The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large.

13. The object of the superior man is truth.

14. The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home.

15. The superior man acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his action.

16. The superior man thinks always of virtue; the common man thinks of comfort.

17. The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.

18. There are three methods to gaining wisdom. The first is reflection, which is the highest. The second is limitation, which is the easiest. The third is experience, which is the bitterest.

19. They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.

20. To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it.

21. Virtue is not left to stand alone. He who practices it will have neighbors.

22. When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.

23. Wherever you go, go with all your heart.

24. Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men.

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