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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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The book salesman should be honored because he brings to our attention, as a rule, the very books we need most and neglect most. Confucius
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Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous. 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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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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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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Riches and honor are what everyone desires, but if they can be gained only by doing evil, they must not be held. Don't worry about not being in office, worry about qualifying yourself for office. Don't worry that no one knows you, but seek to be worthy of being known. Confucius
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If I do not participate in the sacrifice, it is as if I did not sacrifice at all. Confucius
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The vices come as passengers, visit us as guest and stay as masters. Confucius
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He who learns but does not think, is lost! He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger... Men of superior mind busy themselves first getting at the root of things; when they succeed, the right course is open to them. Confucius
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If you yourself desire establishment, then help others to get establishment; if you yourself want success, then help others to attain success. Confucius
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Bird in hand makes it harder to blow nose. Confucius
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First there must be order and harmony within your own mind. 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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Excess and deficiency are equally at fault. Confucius
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Those people who develop the ability to continuously acquire new and better forms of knowledge that they can apply to their work and to their lives will be the movers and shakers in our society for the indefinite future. Confucius
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Knowing something is not as good as liking it. Liking something is not as good as rejoicing in it. Confucius
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Men's natures are alike; it is their habits that separate them. 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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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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It is better to live in peace than in bitterness and strife Confucius
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Don't curse the darkness, light a candle. Confucius
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To know what is the right thing to do and not do it is the greatest cowardice. 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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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 person of benevolence never worries. Confucius
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When strict with oneself, one rarely fails. Confucius
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To be able under all circumstances to practise five things constitutes perfect virtue: these five are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness. Confucius
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True benevolence is to love all men. Recompense injury with justice, and kindness with kindness. Confucius
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A good man it is not mine to see; could I see a man possessed of constancy, that would satisfy me. Confucius
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If there were an honorable way to get rich, I"d do it, even if it meant being a stooge standing around with a whip. But there is' an honorable way, so I just do what I like. Confucius
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No lake so still but it has its wave. No circle so perfect but that it has its blur. I would change things for you if I could; As I can't you must take them as they are. Confucius
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The one who was born a genius can't win against the one who tries, and the one who tries can't win against the one who enjoys. Confucius
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