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Man who go to bed with itchy bottom wake up with smelly finger. Confucius
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A bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives roses. If you are generous, you will gain everything. Confucius
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The young should be dutiful at home, modest abroad, careful and true, overflowing in kindness for all, but in brotherhood with love. And if they have strength to spare they should spend it on the arts. Confucius
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As the water shapes itself to the vessel that contains it, so a wise man adapts himself to circumstances. Confucius
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Mankind differs from the animals only by a little and most people throw that away. Confucius
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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 knows how to cultivate his own character. Knowing how to cultivate his own character, he knows how to govern other men. Knowing how to govern other men, he knows how to govern the empire with all its States and families. Confucius
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Worship as though the Deity were present. If my mind is not engaged in my worship, it is as though I worshipped not. Confucius
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Gravity is only the bark of wisdom's tree but it preserves it. Confucius
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The general of a large army may be defeated, but you cannot defeat the determined will of a peasant. Confucius
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For one word a man is often deemed to be wise, and for one word he is often deemed to be foolish. We ought to be careful indeed what we say. Confucius
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Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it. Confucius
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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. Confucius
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To know what you know and what you do not know, that is true knowledge. Confucius
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Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without. Confucius
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He who speaks without modesty will find it difficult to make his words good. Confucius
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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. Confucius
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The superior man acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his action. Confucius
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Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change. Confucius
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Virtue is not left to stand alone. He who practices it will have neighbors. Confucius
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If I am building a mountain and stop before the last basketful of earth is placed on the summit, I have failed. Confucius
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The way out is through the door. Why is it that no one will use this method? Confucius
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A lion chased me up a tree, and I greatly enjoyed the view from the top. Confucius
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Consideration for others is the basis of a good life, a good society. Confucius
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Give a bowl of rice to a man and you will feed him for a day. Teach him how to grow his own rice and you will save his life. Confucius
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If you did not do so for the sake of riches,You must have done so for the sake of novelty. Confucius
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Love makes a spot beautiful: who chooses not to dwell in love, has he got wisdom? Confucius
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Be loyal and trustworthy. Do not befriend anyone who is lower than yourself in this regard. Confucius
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The superior man has a dignified ease without pride. The mean man has pride without a dignified ease. Confucius
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To be poor without murmuring is difficult. To be rich without being proud is easy. Confucius
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Labor, but slight not meditation; meditate, but slight not labor. Confucius
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A superior man may be made to go to the well, but he cannot be made to go down into it. He may be imposed upon, but he cannot be fooled. Confucius
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Let mourning stop when one's grief is fully expressed. Confucius
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When you see a worthy person, endeavor to emulate him. When you see an unworthy person, then examine your inner self. Confucius
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A fool despises good counsel, but a wise man takes it to heart. Confucius
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He who is really kind, can never be unhappy Confucius
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If you devote your life to seeking revenge, first dig two graves. Confucius
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He who cannot describe the problem will never find the solution to that problem. Confucius
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Study the past if you would define the future. I am not one who was born in the possession of knowledge; I am one who is fond of antiquity, and earnest in seeking it there. Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous. Confucius
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First there must be order and harmony within your own mind. Then this order will spread to your family, then to the community, and finally to your entire kingdom. Only then can you have peace and harmony. Confucius
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Ah, music, sacred tongue of God! I hear thee calling and I come. Confucius
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If you try to do too much, you will not achieve anything. Confucius
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Excessive (population) growth may reduce output per worker, repress levels of living for the masses and engender strife Confucius
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Friendship with the upright, with the truthful and with the well informed is beneficial. Friendship with those who flatter, with those who are meek and who compromise with principles, and with those who talk cleverly is harmful. Confucius
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Respect the gods and the devils but keep them at a distance Confucius
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He with whom neither slander that gradually soaks into the mind, nor statements that startle like a wound in the flesh, are successful may be called intelligent indeed. Confucius
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There are three degrees of filial piety. The highest is being a credit to our parents, the second is not disgracing them; the lowest is being able simply to support them. Confucius
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He who is really good can never be unhappy. He who is really wise can never be perplexed. He who is really brave is never afraid. Confucius
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It is the obligation of the ruler to continually renew himself in order to renew the people by his example. Confucius
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A man who has committed a mistake and does not correct it is committing another mistake. Confucius
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Study as if you have not reached your goal - hold it as if you were afraid of losing what you have. Confucius
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Gravity is only the bark of wisdom's tree, but it preserves it. Confucius
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He who fails to prepare, prepares to fail Confucius
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The gentleman holds justice to be of highest importance. If a gentleman has courage but neglects justice, he becomes insurgent. If an inferior man has courage but neglects justice, he becomes a thief. Confucius
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The superior man undergoes three changes. Looked at from a distance, he appears stern; when approached, he is mild; when he is heard to speak, his language is firm and decided. Confucius
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Study as though you cannot catch up to it, and as though you fear you are going to lose it. Confucius
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Those whose courses are different cannot lay plans for one another. Confucius
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To know and not do, is to not yet know. Confucius
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place where man laughs, sings, picks flowers, chases butterflies and pets birds, makes love with maidens, and plays with children. Here he spontaneously reveals his nature, the base as well as the noble. Here also he buries his sorrows and difficulties and cherishes his ideals and hopes. It is in the garden that men discover themselves. Indeed one discovers not only his real self but also his ideal self?he returns to his youth. Inevitably the garden is made the scene of man's merriment, escapades, romantic abandonment, spiritual awakening or the perfection of his finer self. Confucius
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To find the Tao, there is nowhere you need to search. If it is not inside you, it is not the Tao. Confucius
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The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their proper name. Confucius
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Isn't it a pleasure to study and practice what you have learned? Isn't it also great when friends visit from distant places? If one remains not annoyed when his greatness is not recognized in his time, isn't he a sage? Confucius
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Who expects to be able to go out of a house except by the door? How is it then that no one follows this Way of ours? Confucius
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If I were travelling with two partners, one virtuous and one dishonest, both would be useful as teachers. I would perceive what's good of the first one and I would imitate him whereas I would try to correct in me the defects I may see in the second one. Confucius
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Heaven is our destiny, becoming like Jesus is our goal. Confucius
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What is God-given is called nature; to follow nature is called Tao (the Way); to cultivate the way is called culture. Before joy, anger, sadness and happiness are expressed, they are called the inner self; when they are expressed to the proper degree, they are called harmony. The inner self is the correct foundation of the world, and the harmony is the illustrious Way. When a man has achieved the inner self and harmony, the heaven and earth are orderly and the myriad of things are nourished and grow thereby. Confucius
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From a grain of sand in the Pearl comes. Confucius
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Character is the backbone of our human culture. Music is the flowering of character. Confucius
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Listen widely to remove your doubts and be careful when speaking about the rest and your mistakes will be few. See much and get rid of what is dangerous and be careful in acting on the rest and your causes for regret will be few. Speaking without fault, acting without causing regret: 'upgrading' consists in this. Confucius
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One who will study for three years. Without thought of reward. Would be hard indeed to find. Confucius
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Guide them by edicts, keep them in line with punishments, and the common people will stay out of trouble but will have no sense of shame. Guide them by virtue, keep them in line with the rites, and they will, besides having a sense of shame, reform themselves. Confucius
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