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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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The man of wisdom is never of two minds; the man of benevolence never worries; the man of courage is never afraid. Confucius
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It is not the failure of others to appreciate your abilities that should trouble you, but rather your failure to appreciate theirs. 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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Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses. 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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Just as lavishness leads easily to presumption, so does frugality to meanness. But meanness is a far less serious fault than presumption. Confucius
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True knowledge is when one knows the limitations of one's knowledge. Confucius
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Learning, undigested by thought, is labor lost. Confucius
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Being strong does not mean that you never fall down, but that whenever you fall, you get up again. Confucius
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The man who is master of himself drinks gravely and wisely. Confucius
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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
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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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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
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To prefer it is better than to only know it. To delight in it is better than merely to prefer it. Confucius
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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
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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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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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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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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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The man of virtue makes the difficulty to be overcome his first business, and success only a subsequent consideration. Confucius
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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
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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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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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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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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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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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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
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The superior man is slow in his words and earnest in his conduct. 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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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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What the wise seek is in themselves 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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Tell people - and they may forget... show them - they may remember... but involve them and they will understand. Confucius
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