After Confucius, the great Chinese philosopher and teacher, died in 479 BC his many beliefs and thoughts were collated and titled THE ANALECTS. This work, although small in volume, contains profound wisdom which is still a source of inspiration for us today……
“What is past is beyond help.
What is to come is not yet lost.”
“Chi Wen Tzu always thought three times before taking action.
Twice would have been quite enough”
“The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor a man perfected without trials.”
“The inside always manifests itself on the outside.”
“I hear and forget. I see and remember. I do and I understand.”
“When good is in danger, only a coward would not defend it.”
“You can deprive an army of its commanders, but you can never deprive a man of his will.”
“Honour your Father and Mother. Be noble in your work. Be loyal and honest to your friends. Never, and nowhere, can these laws be broken.”
“It is difficult not to complain when one is poor, but easy to be humble when rich.”
“Be correct yourself, before you correct others.”
“A great man is hard on himself. A small man is hard on others.”
“I have seen people drown and burn, but I have never seen anyone harmed by doing what is right.”
“The man who, in the view of gain thinks of righteousness, who in the view of danger is prepared to give up his life, and who does not forget an old agreement however far back it extends, such a man may be reckoned a complete man.”
“The gentleman first practices what he preaches and then preaches what he practices.”
“Do not worry if others do not understand you. Worry if you do not understand them.”
“If I give a student one corner of a subject and he cannot find the other three, the lesson is not worth teaching.”
“Going too far is as wrong as falling short.”
“In ascent or descent there is no fixed rule, except that one must do no evil. In advance or retreat no sustained perseverance avails, except that one must not depart from one’s nature. The superior man fosters his character and labours at his tasks in order to do everything at the right time. Therefore he makes no mistakes.”
“If there be righteousness in the heart,
There will be beauty in the character.
If there is beauty in the character,
There will be harmony in the home.
If there is harmony in the home,
There will be order in the nation.
When there is order in the nation,
There will be peace in the world”
“An inconvenience is an unrecognized opportunity.”
“Only one who bursts with enthusiasm do I instruct;
Only one who bubbles with excitement do I enlighten.
If I hold up one corner and you do not come back to me
With the other three,
I do not continue the lesson. “
Zigong asked: ” Is there any single word that could guide one’s entire life? ” The master replied: ” Should it nor be reciprocity? What you do not wish for yourself, not do to others.”
“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.”
“To know is to recognize what you understand and what you do not understand”
“Only the very knowledgeable and the very ignorant do not shift their ground”