Confucius said: "Isn’t it a pleasure to study and practice what you have learned? Isn’t it also great when friends visit from distant places? If people do not recognize me and it doesn’t bother me, am I not a Superior Man?"
Confucius said: "I am not bothered by the fact that I am unknown. I am bothered when I do not know others."
Confucius said: "If you govern the people legalistically and control them by punishment, they will avoid crime, but have no personal sense of shame. If you govern them by means of virtue and control them with propriety, they will gain their own sense of shame, and thus correct themselves."
Confucius said: "At fifteen my heart was set on learning; at thirty I stood firm; at forty I had no more doubts; at fifty I knew the mandate of heaven; at sixty my ear was obedient; at seventy I could follow my heart’s desire without transgressing the norm."
Confucius said: "Reviewing what you have learned and learning anew, you are fit to be a teacher."
Confucius said: "The Superior Man is no utensil."
Tzu Kung asked about the character of the Superior Man. Confucius said, "First he practices what he preaches and then he follows it."
Confucius said: "To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous."
Confucius said: "Yu, shall I teach you about knowledge? What you know, you know, what you don’t know, you don’t know. This is knowledge."
Confucius said: "If a man has no humaneness what can his propriety be like? If a man has no humaneness what can his music be like?"