ConfuciusConfucius, [Kung Fu-tse] (551-479 B.C.) Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher

Confucius Quote

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

~ Confucius

Ratings and Comments

Louis Murphy, San Antonio, Texas

Something both Obama and Romney could learn from.

Mike, Norwalk

Those noble of 1776 that offered their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor, in laying a foundation of freedom and justice for all - under such extreme adversity and immense odds, were / are great examples of the quote.

Keith, Gold coast.

A very correct statement. Sadly, this quote fits most politicians.

bayboo, mytown

Kinda fits the Benghazi situation where Obama KNEW it was the right thing to do by ordering help to be sent to the ambassador and the others that were in danger, but instead ordering the ones that could help to "stand down". Yes, Obama demonstrates the worst cowardice of all!

Patrick Henry, Red Hill

For anyone to be consistently capable of doing what is, objectively, the right thing to do requires that he or she possess right motivation that is rooted, constrained by, character, courage, confidence and convictions.

Mick, Manchester

The cleverness of this quote is in linking certain knowledge with action. It both negates the 'if I had known then what I know now" caveat and acknowledges that the distinction between what is right and wrong is knowledge based and may at crucial times fly in the face of emotions and convictions.

Ronw13, Oregon

There are cowards and tyrants, never confuse the two. for a tyrant can hide behind the face of a coward, as they usually do.


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