S.A. Bent, comp. Familiar Short Sayings of Great Men. 1887.
[The Chinese philosopher; born 551 B.C.; at twenty-two came forward as a public teacher; one of the chief ministers of the king, 499, and, later, minister of justice; spent the rest of his life, after retiring from public affairs, in travel, inculcating his doctrines; died 478.]
Those who have been united in life should not be parted after death.
Causing the remains of his mother to be buried beside those of his father.
Saul and Jonathan were lovely and pleasant in their lives, and in their death they were not divided (2 Sam. i. 23).
He said of a woman whose father-in-law, husband, and son had been killed by tigers, but who preferred to remain where she was, because the government was not oppressive, Oppressive government is more cruel than a tiger.
He told one of his disciples to take a horse from his carriage, and present it in payment of the funeral expenses of a friend, with whose family he had been condoling while on a journey. I dislike, he said, the thought of my tears not being followed by any thing.
He who exercises government by means of his virtue may be compared to the north-pole star, which keeps its place, and all the other stars turn towards it.
This and the following are from the Analects, or Table Talk, London, 1867:
When I have presented one corner of a subject to any one, and he cannot from it learn the other three, I do not repeat my lesson.
In the book of poetry are three hundred pieces; but the design of them all may be embraced in that one sentence, Have no depraved thoughts. [Socrates said, I pray thee, O God, that I may be beautiful within.]
Learning without thought is labor lost: thought without learning is perilous.