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The superior man has nothing to compete for. But if he must compete, he does it in an archery match, wherein he ascends to his position, bowing in deference. Descending, he drinks the ritual cup. Confucius
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The superior man is all-embracing and not partial. The inferior man is partial and not all-embracing. Confucius
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Even in killing men, observe the rules of propriety. Confucius
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The virtuous will be sure to speak uprightly; but those whose speech is upright may not be virtuous. Confucius
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One hundred women are not worth a single testicle. Confucius
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The most beautiful sight in the world is a little child going confidently down the road of life after you have shown him the way. Confucius
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Those who are firm, enduring, simple and unpretentious are the nearest to virtue. 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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These are the four abuses: desire to succeed in order to make oneself famous; taking credit for the labors of others; refusal to correct one's errors despite advice; refusal to change one's ideas despite warnings. Confucius
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The real fault is to have faults and not amend them. Confucius
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Unify your attention. Do not listen with your ears, but with your mind. Do not listen with your mind but with your essence. Confucius
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The wheel of fortune turns round incessantly, and who can say to himself, I shall today be uppermost. Confucius
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You can cheat an honest man but not make a fool out of him. Confucius
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If one should desire to know whether a kingdom is well governed, if its morals are good or bad, the quality of its music will furnish the answer. Confucius
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Learn as though you would never be able to master it; hold it as though you would be in fear of losing it. Confucius
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The gentleman is calm and at ease. The gentleman is dignified but not proud; the small man is proud but not dignified. Confucius
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An inch of time on the sundial is worth more than a foot of jade. Confucius
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There are 1,000 lessons in defeat. But only one in victory. Confucius
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The Master said, "A true teacher is one who, keeping the past alive, is also able to understand the present." (Analects 2.11) Confucius
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We should keep the dead before our eyes, and honor them as though still living Confucius
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Let a ruler base his government upon virtuous principles, and he will be like the pole-star, which remains steadfast in its place, while all the host of stars turn towards it 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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A gentleman wishes to be slow to speak and quick to act. Confucius
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There are three friendships which are advantageous, and three which are injurious. Friendship with the upright; friendship with the sincere; and friendship with the man of much observation: these are advantageous. Friendship with the man of specious airs; friendship with the insinuatingly soft; and friendship with the glib-tongued: these are injurious. Confucius
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The man of upright life is obeyed before he speaks. Confucius
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If a man be under the influence of anger his conduct will not be correct. Confucius
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When young, beware of fighting; when strong, beware of sex; and when old, beware of possession. Confucius
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A workman who wants to do his work well must first prepare his tools. Confucius
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There is good government when those who are near are made happy, and when those who are afar are attracted. Confucius
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The superior man will watch over himself when he is alone. He examines his heart that there may be nothing wrong there, and that he may have no cause of dissatisfaction with himself. Confucius
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Ceremonies are the first thing to be attended to in the practice of government. Confucius
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Surely it is the maxim of loving-kindness: Do not unto others that you would not have them do unto you. Confucius
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Every thoughtful pin on pinterest has beauty. But not everyone can see. Confucius
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What you do not wish upon yourself, extend not to others. Confucius
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The general of a large army may be defeated, but you cannot defeat the determined mind of a peasant. Confucius
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Don't do unto others what you don't want others to do unto you. Confucius
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Look for an occupation that you like, and you will not need to labor for a single day in your life. Confucius
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Coarse rice to eat, water to drink, my bended arm for a pillow - therein is happiness. Wealth and rank attained through immoral means are nothing but drifting clouds. Confucius
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Tsze-Kung asked, "Is there one word with which to act in accordance throughout a lifetime?" The Master said, "Is not reciprocity such a word? What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others. Confucius
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You turn the handle the way it goes, not the way it ought to go Confucius
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Never tire to study. And to teach to others Confucius
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those who understands is not better than those who appreciates, those who appreciates is not better than those who enjoys. Confucius
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To be wealthy and honored in an unjust society is a disgrace. Confucius
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The green reed which bends in the wind is stronger than the mighty oak which breaks in a storm. Confucius
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Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated. Confucius
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If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people. Confucius
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We should feel sorrow, but not sink under its oppression. Confucius
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To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it. Confucius
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Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves. Confucius
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The nobler sort of man emphasizes the good qualities in others, and does not accentuate the bad. The inferior does. Confucius
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Attack the evil that is within yourself, rather than attacking the evil that is in others. Confucius
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If your plan is for one year plant rice. If your plan is for ten years plant trees. If your plan is for one hundred years educate children. Confucius
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You judge yourself by what you think you can achieve, others judge you by what have achieved. Confucius
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The superior man loves his soul; the inferior man loves his property. Confucius
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A gentleman, in his plans, thinks of the Way; he does not think how he is going to make a living. Even farming sometimes has a shortage; and even learning may incidentally bring a salary. A gentleman is concerned with the progress of the Way; he is not anxious about poverty. Confucius
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If a man has no humaneness what can his propriety be like? If a man has no humaneness what can his happiness be like? Confucius
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Being in humaneness is good. If we select other goodness and thus are far apart from humaneness, how can we be the wise? Confucius
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The superior man does what is proper to the station in which he is; he does not desire to go beyond this. In a position of wealth and honor, he does what is proper to a position of wealth and honor. In a poor and low position, he does what is proper to a poor and low position. Confucius
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Is virtue a thing remote? I wish to be virtuous, and lo! Virtue is at hand. Confucius
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The master said, 'Quietly to store up knowledge in my mind, to learn without flagging, to teach without growing weary, these present me with no difficulties.' Confucius
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It is better to light one small candle of gratitude than to curse the darkness. Confucius
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Exemplary persons are steadfast in the face of adversity, while petty persons are engulfed by it. Confucius
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In a few minutes a computer can make a mistake so great that it would take many men many months to equal it. Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life. Confucius
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A scholar who loves comfort is not worthy of the name. Confucius
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Perfect is the virtue which is according to the Mean! Rare have they long been among the people, who could practice it! Confucius
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There is no body but eats and drinks. But they are few who can distinguish flavors. Confucius
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The kingdom, its states, and its families, may be perfectly ruled; dignities and emoluments may be declined; naked weapons may be trampled under the feet; but the course of the Mean cannot be attained to. Confucius
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Sincerity is the end and beginning of things; without sincerity there would be nothing. On this account, the superior man regards the attainment of sincerity as the most excellent thing. Confucius
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He who will not economize will have to agonize. Confucius
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