Confucius · Superior-man Quotes
The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.
The Superior Man has nothing to compete for.
What the superior man seeks is in himself; What the mean man seeks is in others.
When the Superior Man eats he does not try to stuff himself; at rest he does not seek perfect comfort; he is diligent in his work and careful in speech. He avails himself to people of the Tao and thereby corrects himself. This is the kind of person of whom you can say, 'he loves learning.'
If the Superior Man is not serious, then he will not inspire awe in others. If he is not learned, then he will not be on firm ground. He takes loyalty and good faith to be of primary importance, and has no friends who are not of equal (moral) caliber. When he makes a mistake, he doesn't hesitate to correct it.
The superior man... does not set his mind either for anything, or against anything; what is right he will follow.
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.
The Superior Man is all-embracing and not partial. The inferior man is partial and not all-embracing.
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[Chinese: 孔夫子, transliterated Kong Fuzi or K'ung-fu-tzu, literally "Master Kong"] (traditionally 28 September 551 B.C. – 479 B.C.) Chinese social philosopher, whose teachings deeply influenced East Asian life and thought.
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The Doctrine of the Mean
The Great Learning
The Art of War
Out of My Later Years
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