Do I contradict myself? Very well then I contradict myself, I am large, I contain multitudes.
— Walt Whitman
The mind is everything. What you think you become.
— Buddha (Submitted by: Sam. Melbourne, Australia)
The person who pays an ounce of principle for a pound of popularity gets badly cheated.
— Ronald Reagan (Submitted by: C. Lawson, Santa Monica, CA)
I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it.
— Thomas Jefferson (Submitted by: Peter Jimo, Seattle)
In archery we have something like the way of the superior man. When the archer misses the center of the target, he turns round and seeks for the cause of his failure in himself.
— Confucius
There is nothing more visible than what is secret, and nothing more manifest than what is minute. Therefore the superior man is watchful over himself, when he is alone.
— Confucius
Do not impose on others what you yourself do not desire.
— Confucius
The faults of a superior man are like the sun and moon. They have their faults, and everyone sees them; they change and everyone looks up to them.
— Confucius
What the superior man seeks is in himself; what the small man seeks is in others.
— Confucius
Great as heaven and earth are, men still find some things in them with which to be dissatisfied. Thus it is that, were the superior man to speak of his way in all its greatness, nothing in the world would be found able to embrace it, and were he to speak of it in its minuteness, nothing in the world would be found able to split it.
— Confucius
Earnest in practicing the ordinary virtues, and careful in speaking about them, if, in his practice, he has anything defective, the superior man dares not but exert himself; and if, in his words, he has any excess, he dares not allow himself such license.
— Confucius
When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost.
— Billy Graham
Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.
— Confucius
The superior man is all-embracing and not partial. The inferior man is partial and not all-embracing.
— Confucius
The superior man has nothing to compete for. But if he must compete, he does it in an archery match, wherein he ascends to his position, bowing in deference. Descending, he drinks the ritual cup.
— Confucius
The superior man acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his action.
— Confucius
It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them.
— Confucius
Without feelings of respect, what is there to distinguish men from beasts?
— Confucius
Sincerity is that whereby self-completion is effected, and its way is that by which man must direct himself.
— Confucius
Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.
— Confucius
The superior man is aware of righteousness, the inferior man is aware of advantage.
— Confucius
Look at the means which a man employs, consider his motives, observe his pleasures. A man simply cannot conceal himself.
— Confucius
Hold faithfulness and sincerity as first principles. Then no friends would not be like yourself.
— Confucius
Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses.
— Confucius
Respect yourself and others will respect you.
— Confucius
Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.
— Confucius
I will not be concerned at other men’s not knowing me; I will be concerned at my own want of ability.
— Confucius
If a man be under the influence of anger his conduct will not be correct.
— Confucius
The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.
— Confucius
Faced with what is right, to leave it undone shows a lack of courage.
— Confucius
Never give a sword to a man who can’t dance.
— Confucius
Without an acquaintance with the rules of propriety, it is impossible for the character to be established.
— Confucius
What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.
— Confucius