John William Tuohy lives in Washington DC


On achievement

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.

 On action

Man who stand on hill with mouth open will wait long time for roast duck to drop in.

The superior man acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his action.

The superior man is modest in his speech but exceeds in his actions.

On anger

When anger rises, think of the consequences.

On animals

Mankind differs from the animals only by a little and most people throw that away.

 On beauty

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.

On character

To be fond of learning is near to wisdom; to practice with vigor is near to benevolence; and to be conscious of shame is near to fortitude. He who knows these three things

When we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.

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.

On change

They must change who would be constant in happiness and wisdom.

To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must cultivate our personal life; and to cultivate our personal life, we must first set our hearts right.

Only the wisest and the stupidest of men never change.

On complaints/complaining

It is better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness.

Don't complain about the snow on your neighbor's roof when your own doorstep is unclean.

On diligence

The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.

On example

What you do not want others to do to you, do not do to others.

On excess

To go too far is as bad as to fall short.

On failure

Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.

A man who has committed a mistake and doesn't correct it is committing another mistake.

On faith

Faithfulness and sincerity are the highest things.

On fame/ Knowing one’s self

I am not concerned that I am not known, I seek to be worthy to be known.

On family

It is not possible for one to teach others who cannot teach his own family.

The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home.

The parents age must be remembered, both for joy and anxiety.

On fate

Death and life have their determined appointments; riches and honors depend upon heaven.

The wheel of fortune turns round incessantly, and who can say to himself, I shall today be uppermost.

On fathers

The father who does not teach his son his duties is equally guilty with the son who neglects them.

On faults

The real fault is to have faults and not amend them.

The faults of a superior person are like the sun and moon. They have their faults, and everyone sees them; they change and everyone looks up to them.

Not to alter one's faults is to be faulty indeed.

When you have faults, do not fear to abandon them.

On fools and foolishness

A fool despises good counsel, but a wise man takes it to heart.

On forgiveness

Love thy neighbor as thyself: Do not to others what thou wouldn't not wish be done to thyself: Forgive injuries. Forgive thy enemy, be reconciled to him, give him assistance, invoke God in his behalf.

On friends and friendship

Have no friends not equal to yourself.

On good thoughts

The more man meditates upon good thoughts the better will be his world and the world at large.

On growth

The perfecting of one's self is the fundamental base of all progress and all moral development.

On happiness

We take greater pains to persuade others we are happy than in trying to think so ourselves.

On humility

Humility is the solid foundation of all the virtues.

On ignorance

Ignorance is the night of the mind, but a night without moon or star.

On joy

With coarse rice to eat, with water to drink, and my bent arm for a pillow -- I have still joy in the midst of all these things.

On kindness

Recompense injury with justice, and recompense kindness with kindness.

On knowledge

Acquire new knowledge whilst thinking over the old, and you may become a teacher of others.

To know is to know that you know nothing. That is the meaning of true knowledge.

The essence of knowledge is, having it, to apply it; not having it, to confess your ignorance.

When you know a thing, to hold that you know it; and when you do not know a thing, to allow that you do not know it--this is knowledge.

When things are investigated, then true knowledge is achieved; when true knowledge is achieved, then the will becomes sincere; when the will is sincere, then the heart is set right; when the heart is set right, then the personal life is cultivated; when the personal life is cultivated, then the family life is regulated; when the family life is regulated, then the national life is orderly; and when the national life is orderly, then there is peace in this world.

On leadership

If you lead the people with correctness, who will dare not be correct?

On learning

Learn as though you would never be able to master it; hold it as though you would be in fear of losing it.

 On Life

Life is a puzzle

On love

To love a thing means wanting it to live.

Can there be a love which does not make demands on its object?

On manners

Consideration for others is the basic of a good life, a good society.

On mistakes

To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it.

On motivation

I want you to be everything that's you, deep at the center of your being.

On neighbors

Of neighborhoods, benevolence is the most beautiful. How can the man be considered wise who when he had the choice does not settle in benevolence.

On the past

Study the past if you would divine the future.

On perception

To see what is right, and not do it, is want of courage, or of principle.

On planning

A man who does not think and plan long ahead will find trouble right at his door.

On poverty and the poor

In a country well governed poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed wealth is something to be ashamed of.

On practice

Virtue is not left to stand alone. He who practices it will have neighbors.

On prosperity

When prosperity comes, do not use all of it.

On respectability

Without feelings of respect, what is there to distinguish men from beasts?

On revenge

Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.

On right and rightness

The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell.

To see what is right and not to do it is want of courage.

On risk

Boldness, without the rules of propriety, becomes insubordination.

On science

If you look into your own heart, you find nothing wrong there, what is there to fear?

On scholars and scholarship

When nature exceeds culture, we have the rustic. When culture exceeds nature then we the pedant.

On self-control

He who conquers himself is the mightiest warrior.

On service

When you see a worthy person, endeavor to emulate him. When you see an unworthy person, than examine your inner self.

On silence

Silence is the true friend that never betrays.

On simplicity

Life is really simple, but men insist on making it complicated.

On sincerity

Sincerity and truth are the basis of every virtue.

On sorrow

We should feel sorrow, but not sink under its oppression.

On superiority

The superior man is firm in the right way, and not merely firm.

What the superior person seeks is in themselves. What the mean person seeks is in others.

The way of the superior person is threefold; virtuous, they are free from anxieties; wise, they are free from perplexities; and bold, they are free from fear.

On steadiness
The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.

On thoughts and thinking

Learning without thought is labor lost. Thought without learning is perilous.

On truth

It is man that makes truth great, not truth that makes man great.

On vice

Think no vice so small that you may commit it, and no virtue so small that you may overlook it.

On virtue

To be able under all circumstances to practice five things constitutes perfect virtue; these five things are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness and kindness.

The superior man thinks always of virtue; the common man thinks of comfort.

I have never seen a man as fond of virtue as of women.

On war

To know what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice.

He who wishes to secure the good of others has already secured his own.

On wickedness

To see and listen to the wicked is already the beginning of wickedness.

On wisdom

By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.

There are three methods to gaining wisdom. The first is reflection, which is the highest. The second is limitation, which is the easiest. The third is experience, which is the bitterest.

Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men.

On words

Without knowing the force of words, it is impossible to know men.

Tsze-Kung asked, saying, is there one word which may serve as a rule of practice for all one's life? The Master said, Is not Reciprocity such a word? What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.

On work

Chose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.

On worry

Do not worry about holding high position; worry rather about playing your proper role.

Worry not that no one knows of you; seek to be worth knowing.

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