四书 The Four Books
《大学》 The Great Learning
《中庸》 The Doctrine of the Mean
《论语》 The Confucian Analects
《孟子》 The Works of Mencius
《论语》The Confucian Analects
It is indeed a pleasure to acquire knowledge and, as you go on acquiring, to put into practice what you have acquired.
A greater pleasure still it is when friends of congenial minds come from afar to seek you because of your attainments.
If a man will constantly go over what he has acquired and keep continually adding to it new acquirements, he may become a teacher of men.
Study without thinking is labor lost. Thinking without study is perilous.
A wise man is impartial, not neutral. A fool is neutral but not impartial.
To know what it is that you know, and to know what it is that you do not know, —that is understanding.
《孟子》The Works of Mencius
Thus when Heaven is going to give a great responsibility to someone, it first makes his mind endure suffering. It makes his sinews and bones experience toil, and his body to suffer hunger. It inflicts him with poverty and knocks down everything he tries to build. In this way Heaven stimulates his mind, stabilizes his temper and develops his weak points.
He who loves others is constantly loved by them. He who respects others is constantly respected by them.