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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

Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous. Confucius

Without an acquaintance with the rules of propriety, it is impossible for the character to be established Confucius

The Essence of Knowledge is, having it, to use it. Confucius

The small man thinks that small acts of goodness are of no benefit, and does not do them; and that small deeds of evil do no harm, and does not refrain from them. Hence, his wickedness becomes so great that it cannot be concealed, and his guilt so great that it cannot be pardoned. Confucius

From the loving example of one family a whole State may become loving, and from its courtesies, courteous; while from the ambition and perverseness of the one man the whole State may be thrown into rebellious disorder. Such is the nature of influence. Confucius

When the Internet is slow, it feels like my whole brain is slow. Confucius

And remember, no matter where you go, there you are. Confucius

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

Those who are firm, enduring, simple and unpretentious are the nearest to virtue. Confucius

If a man keeps cherishing his old knowledge so as continually to be acquiring new, he may be a teacher of others. Confucius

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

The real fault is to have faults and not amend them. Confucius

Unify your attention. Do not listen with your ears, but with your mind. Do not listen with your mind but with your essence. Confucius

The wheel of fortune turns round incessantly, and who can say to himself, I shall today be uppermost. Confucius

You can cheat an honest man but not make a fool out of him. Confucius

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

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

You turn the handle the way it goes, not the way it ought to go Confucius

Never tire to study. And to teach to others Confucius

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

Being in humaneness is good. If we select other goodness and thus are far apart from humaneness, how can we be the wise? Confucius

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

Is virtue a thing remote? I wish to be virtuous, and lo! Virtue is at hand. Confucius

An inch of time on the sundial is worth more than a foot of jade. Confucius

There are 1,000 lessons in defeat. But only one in victory. Confucius

The Master said, "A true teacher is one who, keeping the past alive, is also able to understand the present." (Analects 2.11) Confucius

We should keep the dead before our eyes, and honor them as though still living Confucius

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

Don't do unto others what you don't want others to do unto you. Confucius

Look for an occupation that you like, and you will not need to labor for a single day in your life. Confucius

To go too far is as bad as to fall short. Confucius

A man who has committed a mistake and doesn't correct it is committing another mistake. Confucius

It is better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness. Confucius

What the superior person seeks is in themselves. What the mean person seeks is in others. Confucius

Without knowing the force of words, it is impossible to know men. Confucius

Tsze-Kung asked, saying, is there one word which may serve as a rule of practice for all one's life? The Master said, Is not Reciprocity such a word? What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others. Confucius

The superior man in regard to his speech is anxious that it should be sincere. Confucius

To lead an uninstructed people to war is to throw them away. Confucius

The way of the superior man is threefold, but I am not equal to it. Virtuous, he is free from anxieties; wise, he is free from perplexities; bold, he is free from fear. Confucius

To be wealthy and honored in an unjust society is a disgrace. Confucius

The green reed which bends in the wind is stronger than the mighty oak which breaks in a storm. Confucius

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

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

A gentleman wishes to be slow to speak and quick to act. Confucius

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

The man of upright life is obeyed before he speaks. Confucius

If a man be under the influence of anger his conduct will not be correct. Confucius

When young, beware of fighting; when strong, beware of sex; and when old, beware of possession. Confucius

A workman who wants to do his work well must first prepare his tools. Confucius

When things are investigated, then true knowledge is achieved; when true knowledge is achieved, then the will becomes sincere; when the will is sincere, then the heart is set right ; when the heart is set right, then the personal life is cultivated; when the personal life is cultivated, then the family life is regulated; when the family life is regulated, then the national life is orderly; and when the national life is orderly, then there is peace in this world. Confucius

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

The superior man is all-embracing and not partial. The inferior man is partial and not all-embracing. Confucius

Even in killing men, observe the rules of propriety. Confucius

The virtuous will be sure to speak uprightly; but those whose speech is upright may not be virtuous. Confucius

One hundred women are not worth a single testicle. Confucius

Chi Wen Tzu always thought three times before taking action. Twice would have been quite enough. Confucius

Ceremonies are the first thing to be attended to in the practice of government. Confucius

Surely it is the maxim of loving-kindness: Do not unto others that you would not have them do unto you. Confucius

Every thoughtful pin on pinterest has beauty. But not everyone can see. Confucius

What you do not wish upon yourself, extend not to others. Confucius

The general of a large army may be defeated, but you cannot defeat the determined mind of a peasant. Confucius

There is good government when those who are near are made happy, and when those who are afar are attracted. Confucius

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

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

It is better to light one small candle of gratitude than to curse the darkness. Confucius

Exemplary persons are steadfast in the face of adversity, while petty persons are engulfed by it. Confucius

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

Don't worry if people don't recognize your merits; worry that you may not recognize theirs. Confucius

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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