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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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In a hamlet of ten households, there are bound to be those who are my equal in doing their best for others and in being trustworthy in what they say, but they are unlikely to be as eager to learn as I am. Confucius
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What you know you know. What you don't know, you don't know. This is knowledge. Confucius
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The gentleman has nine cares. In seeing he is careful to see clearly; in hearing he is careful to hear distinctly; in his looks he is careful to be kind, in his manner to be respectful, in his words to be sincere, in his work to be diligent. When in doubt he is careful to ask for information; when angry he has a care for the consequences; and when he sees a chance for gain, he thinks carefully whether the pursuits of it would be right. Confucius
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Exemplary people concern themselves with virtue, small people concern themselves with territory. The ruling class thinks of punishment, the lower classes hope for benevolence. Confucius
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Grieve not that men do not know you; grieve that you do not know men. Confucius
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A gentleman can see a question from all sides without bias. The small man is biased and can see a question only from one side. Confucius
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Let every man consider virtue as what devolves on himself. He may not yield the performance of it even to his teacher. 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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