What the superior man seeks is in himself; what the small man seeks is in others.
The superior man blames himself. The inferior man blames others.
A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.
The superior man acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his action.
The superior man thinks always of virtue; the common man thinks of comfort.
The superior man, when resting in safety, does not forget that danger may come.
The superior man is distressed by the limitations of his ability; he is not distressed by the fact that men do not recognize the ability that he has.
Therefore the superior man is watchful over himself, when he is alone.
The superior man cannot be known in little matters, but he may be entrusted with great concerns. The small man may not be entrusted with great concerns, but he may be known in little matters.
He who speaks without modesty will find it difficult to make his words good.
Those who know the TRUTH are not equal to those who love it.
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.
Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
The superior man undergoes three changes. Looked at from a distance, he appears stern; when approached, he is mild; when he is heard to speak, his language is firm and decided.
The Superior Man is all-embracing and not partial. The inferior man is partial and not all-embracing.
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.
The object of the superior man is truth.
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.
When the Superior Man eats he does not try to stuff himself; at rest he does not seek perfect comfort; he is diligent in his work and careful in speech. He avails himself to people of the Tao and thereby corrects himself. This is the kind of person of whom you can say, "he loves learning."
Every moment waited is a moment wasted.
The superior man makes the difficulty to be overcome his first interest; success only comes later.
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.
Everything you do right now ripples outward and affects everyone. Your posture can shine your heart or transmit anxiety. Your breath can radiate love or muddy the room in depression. Your glance can awaken joy. Your words can inspire freedom. Your every act can open hearts and minds.
Desire to have things done quickly prevents their being done thoroughly.
Every man knows that his highest purpose in life cannot be reduced to any particular relationship. If a man prioritizes his relationship over his highest purpose, he weakens himself, disserves the universe, and cheats his woman of an authentic man who can offer his full, undivided presence.
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