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Conscience is the inner voice which warns us that someone might be looking. Hear and you forget, see and you remember, do and you understand. Confucius
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The Way is not for, but from, man; if we take the Way as something superhuman, beyond man, this is not the real Way. 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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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 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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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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What the wise seek is in themselves 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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Writing cannot express all words, words cannot encompass all ideas. 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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To be able under all circumstances to practice five things constitutes perfect virtue; these five things are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness and kindness. Confucius
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To put the world right in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right. Confucius
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To know what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice. 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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The essence of knowledge is, having it, to apply it; not having it, to confess your ignorance. Confucius
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Worry not that no one knows of you; seek to be worth knowing. 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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If a man keeps cherishing his old knowledge, so as continually to be acquiring new, he may be a teacher of others. 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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Table your mistakes, learn from them, then move on. Confucius
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At seventy, I could follow the dictates of my own heart; for what I desired no longer overstepped the boundaries of right. Confucius
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Tell people - and they may forget... show them - they may remember... but involve them and they will understand. Confucius
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