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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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He who flatters a man is his enemy. he who tells him of his faults is his maker. Confucius
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Great is the man who can overcome the world, but greater still is the man who can overcome himself, for he will have the world spinning on the palm of his hand. Confucius
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To know and not do, is to not yet know. Confucius
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A superior man may be made to go to the well, but he cannot be made to go down into it. He may be imposed upon, but he cannot be fooled. Confucius
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As the water shapes itself to the vessel that contains it, so a wise man adapts himself to circumstances. Confucius
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Man who go to bed with itchy bottom wake up with smelly finger. Confucius
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A bit of fragrance always clings to the hand that gives roses. If you are generous, you will gain everything. Confucius
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The young should be dutiful at home, modest abroad, careful and true, overflowing in kindness for all, but in brotherhood with love. And if they have strength to spare they should spend it on the arts. 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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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We are so busy doing the urgent that we don't have time to do the important. 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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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 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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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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