The superior man understands righteousness; the inferior man understands profit. Confucius Quoted in Analects Buy The Analects at Amazon Buy The Analects at Amazon Read The Analects at acmuller.net Instagram sharing coming soon. Quote text and source copied to clipboard. Link to this quote copied to clipboard. More information about this quote Topic Doing the right thing Righteousness Venality Speaker Confucius Source Analects Genre Philosophical literature Language Chinese Time 221 BC 220s BC 3rd century BC Occupation Philosopher From China Asia Authentication Score 3 More information on Authentication Score coming soon. Citation Kongzi [Confucius]. The Analects. 3rd century BC, 4:16. Citation text copied to clipboard.