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

Bk. 14, Ch. 29 (p. 208)
Translations, The Confucian Analects

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James Legge
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„The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.“

—  Confucius Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher -551 - -479 v.Chr

James Legge translation.
Variant translations: The superior man acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his actions.
The greater man does not boast of himself, But does what he must do.
A good man does not give orders, but leads by example.
The Analects, Chapter I, Chapter IV
Original: (zh_Hant) 君子欲訥於言而敏於行。

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—  Confucius Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher -551 - -479 v.Chr

The Analects, The Doctrine of the Mean
Kontext: 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. Thus his words have respect to his actions, and his actions have respect to his words; is it not just an entire sincerity which marks the superior man?

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Or what's a heaven for?“

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—  Marshall McLuhan Canadian educator, philosopher, and scholar-- a professor of English literature, a literary critic, and a communicatio… 1911 - 1980

A play on the line's in Robert Browning's poem "Andrea del Sarto":
Ah, but a man's reach should exceed his grasp,
Or what's a heaven for?
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—  Vladimir Nabokov Russian-American novelist, lepidopterist, professor 1899 - 1977

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—  Francis Bacon, buch Essays

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Essays (1625)
Variante: Certainly, in taking revenge, a man is but even with his enemy; but in passing it over, he is superior; for it is a prince's part to pardon.

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Opening line.
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—  Philip Wylie American writer 1902 - 1971

Quelle: Generation of Vipers (1942), p. 104
Kontext: Few men, indeed, are so mad that they do not know when they are doing wrong. But so avid is their pursuit of goods that wrongdoing has become an element of all they do. To protest that fact is idle. Our politics, our business — little and big, our professions, our labor, are smitten in every facet with a corruption occasioned by reckless determination to make not just a reasonable profit but all the profit that can be wrung from every enterprise. Our commonest man, emulating his superiors, forges ahead with a brick on the safety valve of his conscience. Think over your morning paper in that light.

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—  Frank Borman NASA astronaut 1928

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Kontext: The analysis of the moral man through his actions, and of the intellectual man through his productions, seems to me calculated to form one of the most interesting parts of the sciences of observation, applied to anthropology.

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