“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
“To know that one knows what one knows, and to know that one doesn't know what one doesn't know, there lies true wisdom.
“The superior man is modest in his speech but exceeds in his actions.
“If a man withdraws his mind from the love of beauty, and applies it as sincerely to the love of the virtuous if, in serving his parents, he can exert his utmost strength if, in serving his prince, he can devote his life if in his intercourse with his friends, his words are sincere - although men say that he has not learned, I will certainly say that he has.
“When we see men of worth, we should think of equaling them when we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.
“What is the sound of one hand clapping
“The superior man makes the difficulty to be overcome his first interest success only comes later.
“Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.
“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.
“There are three things which the superior man guards against. In youth...lust. When he is strong...quarrelsomeness. When he is old...covetousness.
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)
“I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate.
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