Be not ashamed of mistakes and thus make them crimes.
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.
Do not be desirous of having things done quickly. Do not look at small advantages. Desire to have things done quickly prevents their being done thoroughly. Looking at small advantages prevents great affairs from being accomplished.
Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.
Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it.
Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses.
He who learns but does not think, is lost! He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.
He who merely knows right principles is not equal to him who loves them.
He who will not economize will have to agonize.
I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.
I hear and I forget.
If a man take no thought about what is distant, he will find sorrow near at hand
If language is not correct, then what is said is not what is meant; if what is said is not what is meant, then what must be done remains undone; if this remains undone, morals and art will deteriorate; if justice goes astray, the people will stand about in helpless confusion. Hence there must be no arbitrariness in what is said. This matters above everything.
Ignorance is the night of the mind, but a night without moon and star.
It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.
It does not matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop.
It is not possible for one to teach others who cannot teach his own family.
Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
Respect yourself and others will respect you.
Study the past if you would define the future.
The essence of knowledge is, having it, to apply it; not having it, to confess your ignorance.
The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.
The superior man acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his action.
The superior man is modest in his speech but exceeds in his actions.
The superior man is modest in his speech, but excels in his actions.
The superior man, when resting in safety, does not forget that danger may come. When in a state of security he does not forget the possibility of ruin. When all is orderly, he does not forget that disorder may come. Thus his person is not endangered, and his States and all their clans are preserved.
To be able under all circumstances to practice five things constitutes perfect virtue; these five things are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness and kindness.
To govern is to correct. If you set an example by being correct, who would dare remain incorrect?
To see what is right, and not to do it, is want of courage or of principle.
What the superior man seeks is in himself; what the small man seeks is in others.
When anger rises, think of the consequences.
When we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.
Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.