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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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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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If one is guided by profit in one's actions, one will incur much ill will. 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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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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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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If I understand Change, I shall make no great mistake in Life Confucius
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Never do to others what you would not like them to do to you. Confucius
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When a man's knowledge is sufficient to attain, and his virtue is not sufficient to enable him to hold, whatever he may have gained, he will lose again. Confucius
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A truly great man never puts away the simplicity of a child. Confucius
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For benefits return benefits; for injuries return justice without any admixture of revenge. Confucius
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Earnest in practicing the ordinary virtues, and careful in speaking about them, if, in his practice, he has anything defective, the superior man dares not but exert himself; and if, in his words, he has any excess, he dares not allow himself such license. Confucius
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He who keeps danger in mind will rest safely in his seat. Confucius
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While you are not able to serve men, how can you serve spirits of the dead...While you do not know life, how can you know about death Confucius
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By gaining the people, the kingdom is gained; by losing the people, the kingdom is lost. Confucius
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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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A man without persistence will never make a good shaman or a good physician. 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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Do' complain about the snow on your neighbor's roof when your own doorstep is unclean. 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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To know, is to know that you know nothing. That is the meaning of true knowledge. When you say something, say what you know. When you don't know something, say you don't know. That is knowledge. 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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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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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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The parents age must be remembered, both for joy and anxiety. Confucius
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I do not want a friend who smiles when I smile, who weeps when I weep; for my shadow in the pool can do better than that. Confucius
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Do not answer the person whose questions are vile. Do not question a person whose answers are vile. Confucius
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Be sincere and true to your word, serious and careful in your actions; and you will get along even among barbarians, But if you are not sincere and untrustworthy in your speech, frivolous and careless in your actions, how will you get along even among your own neighbors? When stand, see these principles in front of you; in your carriage see them on the yoke. Then you may be sure to get along. Confucius
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Don't be concerned about others not appreciating you. Be concerned about your not appreciating others. 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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And remember, no matter where you go, there you are. Confucius
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Those who know the TRUTH are not equal to those who love it. Confucius
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Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without. Confucius
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To put the world 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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If you would one day renovate yourself, do so from day to day. Confucius
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It is goodness that gives to a neighborhood its beauty. One who is free to choose, yet does not prefer to dwell among the good - how can he be accorded the name of wise? Confucius
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Sincerity becomes apparent. From being apparent, it becomes manifest. From being manifest, it becomes brilliant. Brilliant, it affects others. Affecting others, they are changed by it. Changed by it, they are transformed. It is only he who is possessed of the most complete sincerity that can exist under heaven, who can transform. Confucius
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A Nation's character is typified by its dancers. Confucius
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If Language is not correct, then what is said is not what is meant. If what is said is not what is meant, then what ought to be done, remains undone. Confucius
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Return good for good; return evil with justice. Confucius
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A good man is not mine to see. Could I see a man possessed of constancy, that would satisfy me. Confucius
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Be aroused by poetry; structure yourself with propriety, refine yourself with music. Confucius
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The Gods cannot help those who do not seize opportunities. Confucius
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To be fond of learning is to draw close to wisdom. To practice with vigor is to draw close to benevolence. To know the sense of shame is to draw close to courage. He who knows these three things knows how to cultivate his own character. Knowing how to cultivate his own character, he knows how to govern other men. Knowing how to govern other men, he knows how to govern the world, its states, and its families. Confucius
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We should feel sorrow, but not sink under its oppression; the heart of a wise man should resemble a mirror, which reflects every object without being sullied by any Confucius
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In your promises cleave to what is right, And you will be able to fulfill your word. Confucius
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The Master was entirely free from four things: prejudice, foregone conclusions, obstinacy, and egoism. Confucius
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Humankind differs from the animals only by a little and most people throw that away. 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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When a wise man points at the moon the imbecile examines the finger. Confucius
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The man who asks a question is a fool for a minute, the man who does not ask is a fool for life. Confucius
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It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. Confucius
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Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. Confucius
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Silence is a true friend who never betrays. Confucius
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I hear, I know. I see, I remember. I do, I understand. Confucius
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Virtuous people often revenge themselves for the constraints to which they submit by the boredom which they inspire. Confucius
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The firm, the enduring, the simple, and the modest are near to virtue. Confucius
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The superior man thinks always of virtue; the common man thinks of comfort. Confucius
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