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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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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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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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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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To be in one's own heart in kindly sympathy with all things; this is the nature of righteousness Confucius
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The perfecting of one's self is the fundamental base of all progress and all moral development. Confucius
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With coarse rice to eat, with water to drink, and my bent arm for a pillow - I have still joy in the midst of all these things. Confucius
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A man may not transgress the bounds of major morals, but may make errors in minor morals. Confucius
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Do not wish for quick results, nor look for small advantages. If you seek quick results, you will not reach the ultimate goal. If you are led astray by small advantages, you will never accomplish great things. Confucius
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A perfumed butthole is still a butthole. Confucius
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The superior person gathers his weapons together in order to provide against the unforeseen. Confucius
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You can successfully force people to follow a certain course, but you cannot force them to understand it. Confucius
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When you are laboring for others, let it be with the same zeal as if it were for yourself. Confucius
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The man of wisdom is never of two minds; the man of benevolence never worries; the man of courage is never afraid. Confucius
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It is not the failure of others to appreciate your abilities that should trouble you, but rather your failure to appreciate theirs. Confucius
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The superior man, when resting in safety, does not forget that danger may come. When in a state of security he does not forget the possibility of ruin. When all is orderly, he does not forget that disorder may come. Thus his person is not endangered, and his States and all their clans are preserved. Confucius
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Eat at your own as you would the table of a king. Confucius
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Signs and symbols rule the world, not words nor laws. Confucius
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I have never seen one who really loves goodness or one who really hates wickedness. One who really loves goodness will not place anything above it. One who really hates wickedness will practice goodness in such a way that wickedness will have no chance to get at him. Is there anyone who has devoted his whole strength to doing good for even as long as a single day? I have not seen anyone give up such an attempt because he had not the strength to go on. Perhaps there is such a case, but I have never seen it. Confucius
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I have not seen one who loves virtue as he loves beauty. Confucius
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The Path is not far from man. When men try to pursue a course, which is far from the common indications of consciousness, this course cannot be considered The Path. Confucius
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I have not seen a person who loved virtue, or one who hated what was not virtuous. He who loved virtue would esteem nothing above it. Confucius
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What the great learning teaches, is to illustrate illustrious virtue; to renovate the people; and to rest in the highest excellence. Confucius
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Not to discuss with a man worthy of conversation is to waste the man. To discuss with a man not worthy of conversation is to waste words. The wise waste neither men nor words. Confucius
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A good man does not worry about not being known by others, but rather is concerned about not knowing them. Confucius
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The man of humanity delights in mountains Confucius
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At fifteen, my mind was bent on learning. At thirty, I stood firm. At forty, I had no doubts. At fifty, I knew the decrees of Heaven. At sixty, my ear was receptive to truth. At seventy, I could follow my heart's desires without sin. Confucius
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There are cases in which the blade springs, but the plant does not go on to flower. There are cases where it flowers, but no fruit is subsequently produced. Confucius
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See a person's means ... Observe his motives. Examine that in which he rests. How can a person conceal his character? Confucius
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What Heaven has conferred is called The Nature; an accordance with this nature is called The Path of duty; the regulation of this path is called Instruction. The path may not be left for an instant. If it could be left, it would not be the path. Confucius
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The way of the superior person is threefold; virtuous, they are free from anxieties; wise they are free from perplexities; and bold they are free from fear. Confucius
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Rate the task above the prize; will not the mind be raised? Fight thine own faults, not the faults of others; will not evil be mended? Confucius
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The superior man is slow in his words and earnest in his conduct. Confucius
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He who is harmony with Nature hits the mark without effort and apprehends the truth without thinking. Confucius
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When you see a good man, try to emulate his example, and when you see a bad man, search yourself for his faults. Confucius
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There is a growing interest in Confucianism in China and other parts of the world. More and more followers of Confucianism are advocating a deeper study of his philosophies. Confucius' ideals stand true even today. His philosophy on how to be a Junzi or the perfect gentleman is based on the simple ideology of love and tolerance. Confucius
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The hardest thing of all is to find a black cat in a dark room, especially if there is no cat. Confucius
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The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence. Confucius
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He who learns but does not think, is lost! He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger. Confucius
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You cannot open a book without learning something. Confucius
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Humility is the solid foundation of all virtues. Confucius
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A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions. Confucius
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Old age, believe me, is a good and pleasant thing. It is true you are gently shouldered off the stage, but then you are given such a comfortable front stall as spectator. Confucius
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An oppressive government is more to be feared than a tiger. Confucius
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Study the past, if you would divine the future. Confucius
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We should worship as though the deity were present. Confucius
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The people may be put into the way they should go, though they may not be put into the way of understanding it. Confucius
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Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses. Confucius
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Just as lavishness leads easily to presumption, so does frugality to meanness. But meanness is a far less serious fault than presumption. Confucius
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True knowledge is when one knows the limitations of one's knowledge. Confucius
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Learning, undigested by thought, is labor lost. Confucius
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Being strong does not mean that you never fall down, but that whenever you fall, you get up again. Confucius
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The man who is master of himself drinks gravely and wisely. Confucius
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If the people are governed by laws and punishment is used to maintain order, they will try to avoid the punishment but have no sense of shame. If they are governed by virtue and rules of propriety are used to maintain order, they will have a sense of shame and will become good as well. Confucius
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We take greater pains to persuade others that we are happy than in endeavoring to think so ourselves. Confucius
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He who take cookie to bed have crummy night ahead. Confucius
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The man of virtue makes the difficulty to be overcome his first business, and success only a subsequent consideration. Confucius
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Men all say, We are wise; but being driven forward and taken in a net, a trap, or a pitfall, they know not how to escape. Men all say, We are wise; but happening to choose the course of the Mean, they are not able to keep it for a round month. Confucius
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To rein a kingdom efficiently it is necessary, before all, to put into good order the family. It's impossible for a man who doesn't know how to lead his own family to know how to lead a country. Confucius
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To prefer it is better than to only know it. To delight in it is better than merely to prefer it. Confucius
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A reasonable man adjusts himself to the world. An unreasonable man expects the world to adjust itself to him. Therefore all progress is made by unreasonable people. Confucius
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