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Every moment waited is a moment wasted.... David Deida
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Therefore the superior man is watchful over himself, when he is alone. Confucius
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The superior man is slow in his words and earnest in his conduct. Confucius
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The superior man is never in anyone's way. Napoleon Bonaparte
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The superior man governs men, according to their nature, with what is proper to them, and as soon as they change what is wrong, he stops. Confucius
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A superior man is one who is free from fear and anxieties Confucius
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The superior man is all-embracing and not partial. The inferior man is partial and not all-embracing. Confucius
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The superior man is intelligently, not blindly, faithful. Confucius
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Men who have lived significant lives are men who never waited: not for money, security, ease, or women. David Deida
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It is unfortunate that superior talent and superior men are so seldom united. Marie von Ebner-Eschenbach
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The superior man is distressed by his want (lack) of ability Confucius
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Every moment of your life is either a test or a celebration. David Deida
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When one cultivates to the utmost the principles of his nature, and exercises them on the principle of reciprocity, he is not far from the path. Confucius
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Any society which is not improving is deteriorating, and the more so the closer and more familiar it is. Even a really superior man almost always begins to deteriorate when he is habitually king of his company. John Stuart Mill
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The superior man is firm in the right way and not merely firm. Confucius
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Desire to have things done quickly prevents their being done thoroughly. Confucius
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The superior man is easy to serve, but difficult to please ... The inferior man is difficult to serve, but easy to please. Confucius
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The superior man is anxious lest he should not get the truth; he is not anxious lest poverty should come upon him. Confucius
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The superior man sets his person at rest before he moves; he composes his mind before he speaks. Confucius
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The superior man * * * in regard to his speech * * * is anxious that it should be sincere. Confucius
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The superior man is universally minded and no partisan. The inferior man is a partisan and not universal. Confucius
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A superior man may be made to go to the well, but he cannot be made to go down into it. He may be imposed upon, but he cannot be fooled. Confucius
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If a superior man abandon virtue, how can he fulfil the requirements of that name? Confucius
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The superior man will watch over himself when he is alone. He examines his heart that there may be nothing wrong there, and that he may have no cause of dissatisfaction with himself. Confucius
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Your every act can open hearts and minds. David Deida
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A superior man in dealing with the world is not for anything or against anything. He follows righteousness as the standard. Confucius
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If ever a man is to achieve anything like dignity, it can happen only if superior men are given absolute freedom to think what they want to think and say what they want to say. H L Mencken
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The object of the superior man is truth. Confucius
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Honor is simply the morality of superior men. H L Mencken
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The superior man loves his soul; the inferior man loves his property. Confucius
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The mass of men lead lives of shallow happiness; the superior man exults in his gloom. Garrison Keillor
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The superior man, extensively studying all learning, and keeping himself under the restraint of the rules of propriety, may thus likewise not overstep what is right. Confucius
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The superior man is not seeking fulfillment through work and woman, because he is already full. For him, work and intimacy are opportunities to give his gifts, and to be vanished in the bliss of giving. David Deida
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He stands erect by bending over the fallen. He rises by lifting others. Douglas Horton
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Those who know the TRUTH are not equal to those who love it. Confucius
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The superior man does what is proper to the station in which he is; he does not desire to go beyond this. Confucius
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Possessed of courage but devoid of morality, a superior man will make trouble while a small man will be a brigand. Confucius
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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. Confucius
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The superior man is satisfied and composed; the mean man is always full of distress. Confucius
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The virtues of a superior man are like the wind; the virtues of a common man are like the grass; the grass, when the wind passes over it, bends. Henry David Thoreau
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The superior man has a dignified ease without pride. The mean man has pride without a dignified ease. Confucius
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It is the way of the superior man to prefer the concealment of his virtue, while it daily becomes more illustrious, and it is the way of the mean man to seek notoriety, while he daily goes more and more to ruin. Confucius
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The superior man... does not set his mind either for or against anything, he will pursue whatever is right. The superior man thinks of virtue, the common man of comfort. Confucius
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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. Confucius
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There is the love of knowing without the love of learning; the beclouding here leads to dissipation of mind. Confucius
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A scholar who cherishes the love of comfort is not fit to be deemed a scholar. Laozi
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The Superior Man is aware of Righteousness, the inferior man is aware of advantage. Confucius
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The way a man penetrates the world should be the same way he penetrates his woman: not merely for personal gain or pleasure, but to magnify love, openness, and depth. David Deida
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Learn as though you would never be able to master it; hold it as though you would be in fear of losing it. Confucius
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All government, in its essence, is a conspiracy against the superior man: its one permanent object is to oppress him and cripple him. H L Mencken
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You are not only a man, you are a superior man: a man who does his best to live as love in the world and in his intimacy, a man whose heart remains open and whose truth remains strong... David Deida
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When we see persons of worth, we should think of equaling them; when we see persons of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves. Confucius
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I want you to be everything that's you, deep at the center of your being. Confucius
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Heaven means to be one with God. Confucius
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Look at the means which a man employs, consider his motives, observe his pleasures. A man simply cannot conceal himself! Confucius
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Do not be desirous of having things done quickly. Do not look at small advantages. Desire to have things done quickly prevents their being done thoroughly. Looking at small advantages prevents great affairs from being accomplished. Wilson Mizner
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The superior man acquaints himself with many sayings of antiquity and many deeds of the past, in order to strengthen his character thereby. John Milton
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But if we are truly happy inside, then age brings with it a maturity, a depth, and a power that only magnifies our radiance. David Deida
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Looking at small advantages prevents great affairs from being accomplished. Confucius
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The superior man, while his parents are alive, reverently nourishes them; and, when they are dead, reverently sacrifices to them. His thought to the end of his life is how not to disgrace them. Confucius
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The superior man, when resting in safety, does not forget that danger may come. Confucius
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The superior man does what is proper to the station in which he is; he does not desire to go beyond this. In a position of wealth and honor, he does what is proper to a position of wealth and honor. In a poor and low position, he does what is proper to a poor and low position. Confucius
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The way of the superior man may be compared to what takes place in traveling, when to go to a distance we must first traverse the space that is near, and in ascending a height, when we must begin from the lower ground. Confucius
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There are three things which the superior man guards against. In youth ... lust. When he is strong ... quarrelsomeness. When he is old ... covetousness. Confucius
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The superior man, even when he is not moving, has a feeling of reverence, and while he speaks not, he has the feeling of truthfulness. Confucius
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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. Confucius
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If you are waiting for anything in order to live and love without holding back, then you suffer. David Deida
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The superior man blames himself. The inferior man blames others. Don Shula
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The superior man is quiet and calm, waiting for the appointments of heaven, while the mean man walks in dangerous paths, looking for lucky occurrences. Confucius
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What the superior man seeks is in himself; what the small man seeks is in others. Confucius
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The superior man thinks always of virtue; the common man thinks of comfort. Confucius
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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. David Deida
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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. Confucius
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Great as heaven and earth are, men still find some things in them with which to be dissatisfied. Thus it is that, were the superior man to speak of his way in all its greatness, nothing in the world would be found able to embrace it, and were he to speak of it in its minuteness, nothing in the world would be found able to split it. Confucius
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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. Confucius
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Great men are excellent topics of conversation, but the superior man, the superior men, the masters, the universal spirits on horseback, have to stop and search their memories merely to know who these so-called great men might be. And so the great man is left with the crowd, the worthless majority...for his admirers. Knut Hamsun
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There are three marks of a superior man: being virtuous, he is free from anxiety; being wise, he is free from perplexity; being brave, he is free from fear. Confucius
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Cuvier had even in his address & manner the character of a superior Man, much general power & eloquence in conversation & great variety of information on scientific as well as popular subjects. I should say of him that he is the most distinguished man of talents I have ever known on the continent: but I doubt if He be entitled to the appellation of a Man of Genius. Humphry Davy
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All government, in its essence, is a conspiracy against the superior man: it's one permanent object is to oppress him and cripple him.... One of its primary functions is to regiment men by force, to make them as much alike as possible and as dependent upon one another as possible, to search out and combat originality among them. H L Mencken
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Hold faithfulness and sincerity as first principles. Confucius
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