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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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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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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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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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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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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 humanity delights in mountains Confucius
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Writing cannot express all words, words cannot encompass all ideas. 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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While the gentleman cherishes benign rule, the small man cherishes his native land. While the gentleman cherishes a respect for the law, the small man cherishes generous treatment. 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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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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If a man remembers what is right at the sign of profit, is ready to lay down his life in the face of danger, and does not forget sentiments he has repeated all his life when he has been in straitened circumstances for a long time, he may be said to be a complete man. 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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Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses. Confucius
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A knight whose heart is set upon the Way, but who is ashamed of wearing shabby clothes and eating coarse food, is not worth calling into counsel. 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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Eat at your own as you would the table of a king. Confucius
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