The morals of Confucius [extr. from the Lun Yu and other Confucian writings]. (Google eBook)

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Page xv - But I fay unto you, Love your enemies, blefs them that curfe you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which defpitefully ufe you, and perfecute you...
Page 128 - ... you ; and do not unto another what you would should not be done unto you ; thou only needest this law alone ; it is the foundation and principle of all the rest.
Page 105 - This procedure was so much the more extraordinary, as it was contrary to the laws of the land.
Page 129 - Acknowledge thy benefits by the return of other benefits, but never revenge injuries." "Contest night and day against thy vices, and if by thy care and vigilance thou gainest the victory over thyself, courageously attack the vices of others, but attack them not before this be done ; there is nothing more ridiculous than to complain of others defects when we have the very same.
Page 133 - Men never can lose this light. It is true, that, the heart of man being inconstant and wavering, it is sometimes covered over with so many clouds, that it CONFUCIUS.
Page 112 - Always remember that thou art a man, that human nature is frail, and that thou mayest easily fall. But if, happening to forget what thou art, thou chancest to fall, be not discouraged; remember that thou mayest rise again; that it is in thy power to break the bands which join thee to thy offense, and to subdue the obstacles which hinder thee from walking in the paths of virtue.
Page 120 - I am convinced that I was mistaken. At present I hear what men say, but I never rely thereon; I will examine whether their words are agreeable to their actions.
Page 116 - Riches and honors are good; the desire to possess them is natural to all men; but, if these things agree not with virtue, the wise man ought to contemn and renounce them. On the contrary, poverty and ignominy are evils ; man naturally .avoids them; if these evils attack the wise man, it is right that he should rid himself of them, but not by a crime. 12 The good man employs himself only with virtue; the bad only with his riches. The first continually thinks upon the good and interest of the State;...
Page 13 - ... after different ways; they were new enigmas. His son, viz. Cheu-cum, attempted the same thing, but had not the good fortune better to succeed. In brief, five hundred years after appeared Confucius, who endeavoured to untie this Gordian knot. He...
Page 136 - thy country, when virtue is there depressed and vice encouraged. But if thou design not to renounce the maxims of the age in thy retreat and exile, remain in thy miserable country ; for what reason shouldst thou leave it ? " We will not pause to discuss the propriety of taking from a community the light of virtuous example because the darkness of vice settles down upon it ; something may be said for and against this idea of voluntary exile ; but the passage cited proves that he acted deliberately...

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