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Heaven sends down its good and evil symbols and wise men act accordingly. 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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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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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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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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As the water shapes itself to the vessel that contains it, so a wise man adapts himself to circumstances. Confucius
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Things being investigated, knowledge became complete. Their knowledge being complete, their thoughts were sincere. Their thoughts being sincere, their hearts were then rectified. Their hearts being rectified, their persons were cultivated. Their persons being cultivated, their families were regulated. Their families being regulated, their States were rightly governed. Their States being rightly governed, the whole kingdom was made tranquil and happy. Confucius
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He who flatters a man is his enemy. he who tells him of his faults is his maker. Confucius
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Great is the man who can overcome the world, but greater still is the man who can overcome himself, for he will have the world spinning on the palm of his hand. 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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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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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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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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Labor, but slight not meditation; meditate, but slight not labor. Confucius
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Of all that Heaven produces and nourishes, there is none so great as man. Confucius
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The way you cut your meat reflects the way you live. Confucius
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There are three things which the superior man guards against. In youth ... lust. When he is strong ... quarrelsomeness. When he is old ... covetousness. Confucius
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When one cultivates to the utmost the principles of his nature, and exercises them on the principle of reciprocity, he is not far from the path. Confucius
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They who know the truth are not equal to those who love it, and they who love it are not equal to those who delight in it. 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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Kong Qiu, or Master Kong as he was known, did not live to see his days of glory. During his lifetime, his views were received with scorn. But that was about two thousand five hundred years ago. A handful of his dedicated followers passed on Confucius' teachings to future generations. After Confucius' death, his followers published his teachings in the book, The Analects of Confucius. Confucius
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Instead of being concerned that you have no office, be concerned to think how you may fit yourself for office. Instead of being concerned that you are not known, see to the (be?) worthy of being known. Confucius
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Heaven, in the production of things, is sure to be bountiful to them, according to their qualities. Hence the tree that is flourishing, it nourishes, while that which is ready to fall, it overthrows. Confucius
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Among the appliances to transform the people, sound and appearances are but trivial influences. Confucius
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To see what is right, and not to do it, is want of courage or of principle. Confucius
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To be able to practice five things everywhere under heaven constitutes perfect virtue...[They are] gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness. Confucius
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While you are not able to serve men, how can you serve spirits [of the dead]?...While you do not know life, how can you know about death? Confucius
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The real fault is to have faults and not to amend them. Confucius
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A man of humanity is one who, in seeking to establish himself, finds a foothold for others and who, desiring attainment for himself, helps others to attain. Confucius
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Learning without thought is labour lost; thought without learning is perilous. Confucius
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The superior man is easy to serve and difficult to please. 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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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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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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Rather than caring about whether or not you are known, strive to be worth knowing. Confucius
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The Master said, I set my heart on the Way, base myself on virtue, lean upon benevolence for support and take my recreation in the arts. Confucius
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Those who make virtue their profession are the ruin of virtue. 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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