Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Quotations for you...

Dear Children,

Here is some notes from my reading.

With Love, Amma-Naana

Character & Personality
By nature, men are nearly alike; by practice, they get to be wide apart.
Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it.
The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.
The superior man is satisfied and composed; the mean man is always full of distress.
The superior man...does not set his mind either for anything, or against anything; what is right he will follow.
There are three things which the superior man guards against. In youth...lust. When he is strong...quarrelsomeness. When he is old...covetousness.
Without an acquaintance with the rules of propriety, it is impossible for the character to be established.
When we see men of worth, we should think of equaling them; when we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.

Success, Failure
Be not ashamed of mistakes and thus make them crimes.
A man who has committed a mistake and doesn't correct it, is committing another mistake.
When you have faults, do not fear to abandon them.
If a man take no thought about what is distant, he will find sorrow near at hand
The cautious seldom err.

Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses.
Respect yourself and others will respect you.
It is not the failure of others to appreciate your abilities that should trouble you, but rather your failure to appreciate theirs.
Do not impose on others what you yourself do not desire.
Recompense injury with justice, and recompense kindness with kindness.
It is not possible for one to teach others who cannot teach his own family.
In his errors a man is true to type. Observe the errors and you will know the man.
A youth is to be regarded with respect. How do you know that his future will not be equal to our present?
To see what is right, and not to do it, is want of courage or of principle.

He who speaks without modesty will find it difficult to make his words good.
[The superior man] acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his actions.

The superior man is modest in his speech, but excels in his actions.
With coarse rice to eat, with water to drink, and my bended arm for a pillow - I have still joy in the midst of these things. Riches and honors acquired by unrighteousness are to me as a floating cloud.
Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.
To govern is to be correct. If you set an example by being correct, who would dare remain incorrect?

Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.
The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.
It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.
Things that are done, it is needless to speak about...things that are past, it is needless to blame.
To go beyond is as wrong as to fall short.
Life is really simple, but men insist on making it complicated.
The man of wisdom is never in two minds about right and wrong; the man of benevolence never worries about the future; the man of courage is never afraid.
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.
The Three Armies can be deprived of their commanding officer, but even a common man cannot be deprived of his purpose.
The superior man, when resting in safety, does not forget that danger may come. When in a state of security he does not forget the possibility of ruin. When all is orderly, he does not forget that disorder may come. Thus his person is not endangered, and his States and all their clans are preserved.
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.
There is one single thread binding my way together...the way of the Master consists in doing one’s best...that is all.