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Never overlook wallflower at dance; may be dandelion in grass. Confucius
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There are 3 elements essential in the matters of the State, Food, Military equipment, and Confidence of the people in the ruler. Of these 3, Military Equipment is the least important, Food being the 2nd important, and Confidence of the people being the MOST important. All men rather die of starvation than in war, but nevertheless all men do die of old age. Lacking in Confidence from the people, a state cannot survive. Confucius
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When I walk along with two others, from at least one I will be able to learn. Confucius
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Charity, like the sun, brightens every object on which it shines. Confucius
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Wherever you go, go with all your heart. Confucius
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It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve; and bad things are very easy to get. Confucius
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Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance. Confucius
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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. Confucius
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A gentleman would be ashamed should his deeds not match his words. Confucius
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If you look into your own heart, and you find nothing wrong there, what is there to worry about? What is there to fear? Confucius
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I want you to be everything that's you, deep at the center of your being. Confucius
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Heaven means to be one with God. Confucius
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To see and listen to the wicked is already the beginning of wickedness. Confucius
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Heaven gives long life to the just and the intelligent. Confucius
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When a man feels the difficulty of doing, can he be other than cautious and slow in speaking? Confucius
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To err and not reform, this may indeed be called error. Confucius
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There are three marks of a superior man: being virtuous, he is free from anxiety; being wise, he is free from perplexity; being brave, he is free from fear. Confucius
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Between friends, frequent reproofs make the friendship distant. Confucius
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It was by music that the ancient kings gave elegant expression to their joy. By their armies and axes they gave the same to their anger. Confucius
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The wise find pleasure in water; the virtuous find pleasure in hills. The wise are active; the virtuous are tranquil. The wise are joyful; the virtuous are long-lived. Confucius
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When a nation or family is about to flourish, there are sure to be happy omens; and when it is about to perish, there are sure to be unlucky omens. Confucius
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Lead the people with administrative injunctions and put them in their place with penal law, and they will avoid punishments but will be without a sense of shame. Lead them with excellence and put them in their place through roles and ritual practices, and in addition to developing a sense of shame, they will order themselves harmoniously Confucius
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When you see a good person, think of becoming like her/him. When you see someone not so good, reflect on your own weak points. Confucius
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Hold faithfulness and sincerity as first principles. Confucius
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Gentlemen cherish worth; the vulgar cherish dirt. Gentlemen trust in justice; the vulgar trust in favor. Confucius
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Waste begets self-will; thrift begets meanness: but better be mean than self-willed. Confucius
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If doing what ought to be done be made the first business and success a secondary consideration-is not this the way to exalt virtue? Confucius
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Charity is that rational and constant affection which makes us sacrifice ourselves to the human race, as if we were united with it, so as to form one individual, partaking equally in its adversity and prosperity. Confucius
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The injury of prodigality leads to this, that he who will not economize will have to agonize. Confucius
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A youth is to be regarded with respect. How do we know that his future will not be equal to our present? Confucius
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I do not enlighten those who are not eager to learn, nor arouse those who are not anxious to give an explanation themselves. If I have presented one corner of the square and they cannot come back to me with the other three, I should not go over the points again. Confucius
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What can a man do with music who is not benevolent? Confucius
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The Master said, "What a worthy man was Yan Hui! Living in a narrow alley, subsisting upon meager bits of rice and water-other people could not have borne such hardship, and yet it never spoiled Hui's joy. What a worthy man was Hui!" (Analects 6.11) Confucius
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I am not an originator but a transmitter. Confucius
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The superior man is easy to serve, but difficult to please ... The inferior man is difficult to serve, but easy to please. Confucius
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Man who want pretty nurse, must be patient. Confucius
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He who conquers himself is the mightiest warrior. Confucius
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When nature exceeds culture, we have the rustic. When culture exceeds nature then we the pedant. Confucius
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Heaven begat Virtue in me; what can man do unto me? Confucius
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Man is born for uprightness. If a man lose his uprightness and yet live, his escape from death is mere good fortune. Confucius
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The superior person tries to promote music as a means to the perfection of human culture. When such music prevails, and people's minds are led towards the right ideals and aspirations, we may see the appearance of a great nation. Confucius
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Everyone eats and drinks; yet only few appreciate the taste of food. Confucius
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Only by perfect virtue can the perfect path, in all its courses, be made a fact. Confucius
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The wise are free from perplexities; the virtuous from anxiety; and the bold from fear. Confucius
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We should not be too familiar with the lower orders or with women, Confucius
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If my mind is not engaged in my worship, it is as though I worshipped not. Confucius
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Among us, in our part of the country, those who are upright are different from this. The father conceals the misconduct of the son, and the son conceals the misconduct of the father. Uprightness is to be found in this. Confucius
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There are those men who say to repay evil with kindness. But I say, how then are we to repay kindness? Repay kindness with kindness, but repay evil with justice. Confucius
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There are three things to beware of through life: when a man is young, let him beware of his appetites; when he is middle-aged, of his passions; and when old, of covetousness, especially. Confucius
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Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in getting up every time we do. Confucius
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There is nothing more visible than what is secret, and nothing more manifest than what is minute. Therefore the superior man is watchful over himself, when he is alone. Confucius
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The superior man governs men, according to their nature, with what is proper to them, and as soon as they change what is wrong, he stops. Confucius
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It is characteristic of the most entire sincerity to be able to foreknow. When a nation or family is about to flourish, there are sure to be happy omens; and when it is about to perish, there are sure to be unlucky omens. Confucius
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The superior man examines his heart, that there may be nothing wrong there, and that he may have no cause for dissatisfaction with himself. That wherein the superior man cannot be equaled is simply this - his work which other men cannot see. Confucius
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If names are not correct, language will not be in accordance with the truth of things. Confucius
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If we are not yet able to serve man, how can we serve spiritual beings?... If we do not yet know about life how can we know about death? Confucius
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Boldness, without the rules of propriety, becomes insubordination. Confucius
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The expectations of life depend upon diligence; and the mechanic that would perfect his work, must first sharpen his tools. Confucius
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If language is not rectified, words do not correspond to meaning, and if words do not correspond to meaning, our deeds cannot be accomplished. Confucius
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I know how the birds fly, how the fishes swim, how animals run. But there is the Dragon. I cannot tell how it mounts on the winds through the clouds and flies through heaven. Today I have seen the Dragon. Confucius
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In vain I have looked for a single man capable of seeing his own faults and bringing the charge home against himself. Confucius
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Yin and yang, male and female, strong and weak, rigid and tender, heaven and earth, light and darkness, thunder and lightning, cold and warmth, good and evil...the interplay of opposite principles constitutes the universe. Confucius
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Because the newer methods of treatment are good, it does not follow that the old ones were bad: for if our honorable and worshipful ancestors had not recovered from their ailments, you and I would not be here today. Confucius
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If I hold up one corner of a square and the student cannot workout the other three for himself, I won't go any further. Confucius
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It doesn't make a difference how gradually you go so long as you don't stop. Confucius
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To be excellent when engaged in administration is to be like the North Star. As it remains in its one position, all the other stars surround it. Confucius
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We take greater pains to persuade others we are happy than in trying to think so ourselves. Confucius
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The silent treasuring up of knowledge; learning without satiety; and instructing others without being wearied: which one of these things belongs to me? Confucius
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The superior man, extensively studying all learning, and keeping himself under the restraint of the rules of propriety, may thus likewise not overstep what is right. Confucius
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Look closely into his aims, observe the means by which he pursues them, discover what brings him content - and can the man's real worth remain hidden from you? Confucius
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