Thursday, August 21, 2008

Thursday Thirteen #72: Confucius Say (Part 2)


Continuing on from last week's post, and in honor of the Beijing Olympics, here are thirteen more quotes by Confucius...

* Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous.

* The book salesman should be honored because he brings to our attention, as a rule, the very books we need most and neglect most.

* Without feelings of respect, what is there to distinguish men from beasts?

* The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.

* You cannot open a book without learning something.

* Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men.

* When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.

* We should feel sorrow, but not sink under its oppression.

* Virtue is not left to stand alone. He who practices it will have neighbors.

* When we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.

* Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.

* Never give a sword to a man who can't dance.

* It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve; and bad things are very easy to get.

Bonus:
In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.


LINKS TO OTHER THURSDAY THIRTEENS:

Tara Nichols * Night Diva Maria * Stephanie Sullivan
Jennifer Leeland * Alice Audrey * Paige Tyler
Inez Kelley * AJ O'Donovan * Kaige
Adelle Laudan * Savvy One * Tempest Knight
Dayle * Pamela Sweet

(leave your link in comments, I’ll add you here!)


The purpose of the meme is to get to know everyone who participates a little bit better every Thursday. Visiting fellow Thirteeners is encouraged! If you participate, leave the link to your Thirteen in others comments. It’s easy, and fun! Be sure to update your Thirteen with links that are left for you, as well! I will link to everyone who participates and leaves a link to their 13 things. Trackbacks, pings, comment links accepted!




9 comments:

Night Diva Maria said...

Thanks! I needed this inspiration for my son! I'll be passing these on to him. Since I can't get the open ID to work, my TT isn't on my original blog it's at http://marianight.wordpress.com

Stephanie Sullivan said...

What an inspiring list! I love it! Happy Thursday!

http://www.stephanielsullivan.com

Tara S Nichols said...

Who knew Confucius was so smart? Everybody but me I suppose. Maybe I'll start paying him more attention. I especially liked

* When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.

Jennifer McKenzie said...

I really love these.

Alice Audrey said...

Never give a sword to a man who can't dance? Good one. I could see it as a bumper sticker.

Paige Tyler said...

Great TT!

*hugs*
Paige

My TT is at http://paigetylertheauthor.blogspot.com/

Pamela Sweet said...

What a great list! I'll be thinking on this one at work:

When we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.

Thank you!

Heather said...

Thanks everyone!

Eaton Bennett said...

My favorite is, "We should feel sorrow, but not sink under its oppression" Excellent list! :)