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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

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

What you know you know. What you don't know, you don't know. This is knowledge. Confucius

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

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

Grieve not that men do not know you; grieve that you do not know men. Confucius

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

Let every man consider virtue as what devolves on himself. He may not yield the performance of it even to his teacher. Confucius

He who is harmony with Nature hits the mark without effort and apprehends the truth without thinking. Confucius

When you see a good man, try to emulate his example, and when you see a bad man, search yourself for his faults. Confucius

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

The superior man is slow in his words and earnest in his conduct. Confucius

The man of humanity delights in mountains Confucius

Writing cannot express all words, words cannot encompass all ideas. Confucius

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

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

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

To rein a kingdom efficiently it is necessary, before all, to put into good order the family. It's impossible for a man who doesn't know how to lead his own family to know how to lead a country. Confucius

To prefer it is better than to only know it. To delight in it is better than merely to prefer it. Confucius

A reasonable man adjusts himself to the world. An unreasonable man expects the world to adjust itself to him. Therefore all progress is made by unreasonable people. Confucius

True knowledge is when one knows the limitations of one's knowledge. Confucius

Learning, undigested by thought, is labor lost. Confucius

Being strong does not mean that you never fall down, but that whenever you fall, you get up again. Confucius

The man who is master of himself drinks gravely and wisely. Confucius

If the people are governed by laws and punishment is used to maintain order, they will try to avoid the punishment but have no sense of shame. If they are governed by virtue and rules of propriety are used to maintain order, they will have a sense of shame and will become good as well. Confucius

Table your mistakes, learn from them, then move on. Confucius

At seventy, I could follow the dictates of my own heart; for what I desired no longer overstepped the boundaries of right. Confucius

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

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

To know what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice. Confucius

If a man keeps cherishing his old knowledge, so as continually to be acquiring new, he may be a teacher of others. Confucius

The man of virtue makes the difficulty to be overcome his first business, and success only a subsequent consideration. Confucius

Men all say, We are wise; but being driven forward and taken in a net, a trap, or a pitfall, they know not how to escape. Men all say, We are wise; but happening to choose the course of the Mean, they are not able to keep it for a round month. Confucius

The essence of knowledge is, having it, to apply it; not having it, to confess your ignorance. Confucius

Just as lavishness leads easily to presumption, so does frugality to meanness. But meanness is a far less serious fault than presumption. Confucius

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

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

He who learns but does not think, is lost! He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger. Confucius

You cannot open a book without learning something. Confucius

Humility is the solid foundation of all virtues. Confucius

A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions. Confucius

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

An oppressive government is more to be feared than a tiger. Confucius

Study the past, if you would divine the future. Confucius

Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses. Confucius

The hardest thing of all is to find a black cat in a dark room, especially if there is no cat. Confucius

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

We should worship as though the deity were present. Confucius

The people may be put into the way they should go, though they may not be put into the way of understanding it. Confucius

The man of wisdom is never of two minds; the man of benevolence never worries; the man of courage is never afraid. Confucius

It is not the failure of others to appreciate your abilities that should trouble you, but rather your failure to appreciate theirs. Confucius

Tell people - and they may forget... show them - they may remember... but involve them and they will understand. Confucius



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