“He who will not economize will have to agonize.
“The determined scholar and the man of virtue will not seek to live at the expense of injuring their virtue. They will even sacrifice their lives to preserve their virtue complete.
“He does not preach what he practices till he has practiced what he preaches.
“He who exercises government by means of his virtue may be compared to the north polar star, which keeps its place and all the stars turn towards it.
“While you are not able to serve men, how can you serve spirits of the dead...While you do not know life, how can you know about death
“Fine words and an insinuating appearance are seldom associated with true virtue.
“To go beyond is as wrong as to fall short.
“Things that are done, it is needless to speak about...things that are past, it is needless to blame.
“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.
“With coarse rice to eat, with water to drink, and my bended arm for a pillow - I have still joy in the midst of these things. Riches and honors acquired by unrighteousness are to me as a floating cloud.
Chinese philosopher whose ideas and sayings were collected after his death and became the basis of a philosophical doctrine known a Confucianism (circa 551-478 BC)
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