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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 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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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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It is the law of nature that woman should be held under the dominance of man. 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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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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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 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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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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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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