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If there were one word that could act as a standard of conduct for one's entire life, perhaps it would be 'thoughtfulness. Confucius
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Not too isolated, not too many relationships, the middle, that's wisdom. Confucius
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When you know a thing, to hold that you know it, and when you do not know a thing, to allow that you do not know it - this is knowledge. Confucius
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When we see persons of worth, we should think of equaling them; when we see persons of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves. Confucius
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Death and life have their determined appointments; riches and honors depend upon heaven. Confucius
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A man of humanity is one who, in seeking to establish himself, finds a foothold for others and who, in desiring attaining himself, helps others to attain. Confucius
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When nature exceeds culture, we have the rustic. When culture exceeds nature, we have the pedant. Confucius
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Do' complain about the snow on your neighbor's roof when your own doorstep is unclean. Confucius
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To no one but the Son of Heaven does it belong to order ceremonies, to fix the measures, and to determine the written characters. Confucius
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The Master said, "What a worthy man was Yan Hui! Living in a narrow alley, subsisting upon meager bits of rice and water-other people could not have borne such hardship, and yet it never spoiled Hui's joy. What a worthy man was Hui!" (Analects 6.11) Confucius
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Reviewing the day's lessons. Isn't it joyful? Friends come from far. Isn't it delightful? One has never been angry at other's misunderstanding. Isn't he a respectable man? Confucius
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Do unto others as you wish others do unto you. Confucius
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Knowing what's correct and not doing it, it's the worst cowardice. Confucius
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If you don't know the life yet, how could be possible for you to know the death? Confucius
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The wise man delights in water, the Good man delights in mountains. For the wise move; but the Good stay still. The wise are happy; but the good secure. Confucius
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To learn and from time to time to apply what one has learned - isn't that a pleasure? Confucius
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Watch their actions, observe their motives, examine wherein they dwell content; won't you know what kind of person they are? Confucius
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The wise man admires water, the kind man admires mountains. The wise man moves, the kind man rests. The wise man is happy, the kind man is firm. Confucius
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All the darkness in the world can't put out the light of one candle. Confucius
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A fool marvels at rare things, but a wise man at common ones. Confucius
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Life is really simple, but men insist on making it complicated. Confucius
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If I give a student one-fourth of what he should know, I expect him to get the other three-fourths himself, otherwise I do not want him as a student. Confucius
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One who can move mountains start with the little stones. Confucius
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The gentleman calls attention to the good points in others; he does not call attention to their defects. The small man does just the reverse of this. Confucius
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If a man is not good, what has he to do with the rules of propriety? If he is not good, what has he to do with music? Confucius
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When you are ignorant about something, to know that you are ignorant about it - that is knowledge. Confucius
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I transmit but do not create. I place my trust in the teachings of antiquity. Confucius
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The superior man is universally minded and no partisan. The inferior man is a partisan and not universal. Confucius
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The gods should certainly be revered, but kept at a distance... . The way is not beyond man; he who creates a way outside of man cannot make it a true way. A good man is content with changing man, and that is enough for him. Confucius
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If one is guided by profit in one's actions, one will incur much ill will. Confucius
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A good man does not make a warrior, just as good steel does not go for nails. Confucius
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In the Book of Poetry there are three hundred poems, but the meaning of all of them may be put in a single sentence: Have no debasing thoughts. Confucius
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The superior man... does not set his mind either for or against anything, he will pursue whatever is right. The superior man thinks of virtue, the common man of comfort. Confucius
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Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without. Confucius
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Tzu Chang asked Confucius about jen. Confucius said, "If you can practice these five things with all the people, you can be called jen." Tzu Chang asked what they were. Confucius said, "Courtesy, generosity, honesty, persistence, and kindness. If you are courteous, you will not be disrespected; if you are generous, you will gain everything. If you are honest, people will rely on you. If you are persistent you will get results. If you are kind, you can employ people. Confucius
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The main object of conciliation lies in reaching a solution to a case based upon morals and with a warm heart. Confucius
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He is the truly courageous man who never desponds. Confucius
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To acknowledge our faults when we are blamed, is modesty; to discover them to one's friends in ingenuousness, is confidence; but to preach them to all the world, if one does not take care, is pride. Confucius
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A happy union with wife and child is like the music of lutes and harps. Confucius
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A blemish may be removed from a diamond by careful polishing, but evil words once spoken cannot be effaced. Confucius
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Things have their roots and branches. Affairs have their beginnings and their ends. To know what is first and what is last will lead one near the Way. Confucius
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Even if people do not know what real kindness is, they nonetheless have it within them. Confucius
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Worry not that no one knows you; seek to be worth knowing. Confucius
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Wisdom, humanity & courage, these three are universal virtues. The way by which they are practiced are one. Confucius
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Three things cannot long be hidden: the sun, the moon, and the truth. Confucius
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If you shoot for the stars and hit the moon, it's OK. But you've got to shoot for something. A lot of people don't even shoot. Confucius
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Ask yourself constantly, "What is the right thing to do?" Behave toward everyone as if receiving a great guest. Confucius
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Without an acquaintance with the rules of propriety, it is impossible for the character to be established Confucius
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The Essence of Knowledge is, having it, to use it. Confucius
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Women and people of low birth are very hard to deal with. If you are friendly to them, they get out of hand, and if you keep your distance, they resent it. Confucius
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Be faithful and true of word; let thy walk be plain and lowly: thou wilt get on, though in savage land. If thy words be not faithful and true, thy walk plain and lowly, wilt thou get on, though in thine own home? Standing, see these words ranged before thee; driving, see them written upon the yoke. Then thou wilt get on. Confucius
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The determined scholar and the man of virtue will not seek to live at the expense of injuring their virtue. They will even sacrifice their lives to preserve their virtue complete. Confucius
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Virtue is more to man than either water or fire. I have seen men die from treading on water and fire, but I have never seen a man die from treading the course of virtue. Confucius
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Wisdom delights in water; love delights in hills. Wisdom is stirring; love is quiet. Wisdom is merry; love grows old. Confucius
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Great as heaven and earth are, men still find some things in them with which to be dissatisfied. Thus it is that, were the superior man to speak of his way in all its greatness, nothing in the world would be found able to embrace it, and were he to speak of it in its minuteness, nothing in the world would be found able to split it. Confucius
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If you lead the people with correctness, who will dare not be correct? Confucius
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When abroad, behaveto everyone as if interviewing an honored guest; in directing the people, act as if you were assisting at a great sacrafice; DO NOT DO TO OTHERS AS YOU WOULD NOT LIKE DONE TO YOURSELF: so there will be no murmuring against you in the country, and none in the family; your public life will arouse no ill-will nor your private life any resentment. Confucius
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Our headstrong passions shut the door of our souls against God. Confucius
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Without goodness a man cannot endure adversity for long, nor can he enjoy prosperity for long. The good man is naturally at ease with goodness. The wise man cultivates goodness for its advantage. Confucius
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The good man does not grieve that other people do not recognize his merits. His only anxiety is lest he should fail to recognize theirs. Confucius
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Cultivated people foster what is good in others, not what is bad. Petty people do the opposite. Confucius
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What is necessary is to rectify names. Confucius
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He who kisses girl on hillside is not level Confucius
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In teaching there should be no distinction of classes. Confucius
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Baseball is wrong, man with four balls cannot walk Confucius
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The Master said, "If your conduct is determined solely by considerations of profit you will arouse great resentment. Confucius
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The Master said, "To study, and then in a timely fashion to practice what you have learned-is this not satisfying? To have companions arrive from afar-is this not a joy? To remain unrecognized by others and yet remain free of resentment-is this not the mark of the gentleman?" (Analects 1.1) Confucius
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Reading without thinking will confuse you.Thinking without reading will place you in danger. Confucius
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It is better to play than do nothing. Confucius
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Only through education does one come to be dissatisfied with his own knowledge, and only through teaching others does one come to realize the uncomfortable inadequacy of his knowledge. Being dissatisfied with his own knowledge, one then realizes that the trouble lies with himself, and realizing the uncomfortable inadequacy of his knowledge one then feels stimulated to improve himself. Therefore, it is said, "the processes of teaching and learning stimulate one another." Confucius
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