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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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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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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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The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their proper name. 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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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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I live in a very small house, but my windows look out on a very large world. 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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We are so busy doing the urgent that we don't have time to do the important. 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 higher type of man clings to virtue, the lower type of man clings to material comfort. The higher type of man cherishes justice, the lower type of man cherishes the hope of favors to be received. 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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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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We can know a person by observing his behaviour, understanding the reasons for his actions and ascertaining his intentions. If we do this, how can we not know him? Confucius
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The Master said, "The gentleman understands what is right, whereas the petty man understands profit." (Analects 4.16) Confucius
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The Master said, "A true gentleman is one who has set his heart upon the Way. A fellow who is ashamed merely of shabby clothing or modest meals is not even worth conversing with." (Analects 4.9) Confucius
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He who take cookie to bed have crummy night ahead. Confucius
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When frying small fish, disturb them little. Confucius
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A hammer shatters glass but it also forges steel. Confucius
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All wisdom is rooted in learning to call things by the right name. When things are properly identified, they fall into natural categories and understanding becomes orderly. Confucius
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If your desire is for good, the people will be good. Confucius
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Every truth has four corners: as a teacher I give you one corner, and it is for you to find the other three. Confucius
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A scholar who loves comfort is not fit to be called a scholar. Confucius
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Worry not that no one knows of you; seek to be worth knowing. Confucius
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Virtue is like the polar star, which keeps its place, and all stars turn towards it. 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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In his dealings with the world, the gentleman is not invariably for or against anything. He is on the side of what is moral. Confucius
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Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace. Confucius
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In a State, pecuniary gain is not to be considered to be prosperity, but its prosperity will be found in righteousness. Confucius
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If the search for riches were sure to be successful, though I should become a groom with a whip in my hand to get them, I will do so. As the search may not be successful, I will follow after that which I love. Confucius
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He who rules by moral force is like the pole star, which remains in place while all the lesser stars do homage to it. 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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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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One who has accumulated virtue will certainly also possess eloquence; but he who has eloquence doe not necessarily possess virtue. Confucius
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In archery we have something like the way of the superior man. When the archer misses the center of the target, he turns round and seeks for the cause of his failure in himself. Confucius
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Sincerity is that whereby self-completion is effected, and its way is that by which man must direct himself. Confucius
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What the wise seek is in themselves Confucius
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He who requires much from himself and little from others, will keep himself from being the object of resentment. Confucius
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He who remembers from day to day what he has yet to learn, and from month to month what he has learned already, may be said to have a love of learning. Confucius
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The more you know yourself, the more you forgive yourself. Confucius
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The superior man cannot be known in little matters, but he may be entrusted with great concerns. The small man may not be entrusted with great concerns, but he may be known in little matters. Confucius
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Things that are done, it is needless to speak about...things that are past, it is needless to blame. Confucius
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Isn't it a pleasure to study and practice what you have learned? Confucius
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Past scholars studied to improve themselves; Today's scholars study to impress others. Confucius
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When there are duties to perform [true] servants and sons serve their labors. Confucius
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