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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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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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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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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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The real fault is to have faults and not amend them. 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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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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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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He who will not economize will have to agonize. Confucius
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The superior man...does not set his mind either for anything, or against anything; what is right he will follow. Confucius
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The archer who misses his mark does not blame the target. He stops, corrects himself and shoots again. Confucius
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Let a man be stimulated by poetry, established by the rules of propriety, and perfected by music. Confucius
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When you breathe, you inspire, and when you do not breathe, you expire. Confucius
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A gentleman is calm and spacious: the vulgar are always fretting. Confucius
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The Master said of Gong Yechang, "He is marriageable. Although he was once imprisoned and branded as a criminal, he was in fact innocent of any crime." The Master gave him his daughter in marriage. (Analects 5.1) Confucius
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Do not worry if others do not understand you. Instead worry if you do not understand others. Confucius
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The mirror reflects all objects without being sullied Confucius
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Words are the voice of the heart. Confucius
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To know is to know that you know nothing. That is the meaning of true knowledge. Confucius
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Recompense injury with justice, and recompense kindness with kindness. Confucius
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I'd rather die for speaking out, than to live and be silent. Confucius
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Man who goes to doghouse will end up in cathouse. Confucius
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In a district of ten families, there must be someone as honorable and sincere as I, but none as fond of learning. Confucius
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When music and courtesy are better understood and appreciated, there will be no war. Confucius
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I was complaining that I had no shoes till I met a man who had no feet. Confucius
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Without Goodness one cannot enjoy enduring happiness Confucius
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If a man takes no thought about what is distant, he will find sorrow near at hand. 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 must be done remains undone; if this remains undone, morals and art will deteriorate; if justice goes astray, the people will stand about in helpless confusion. Hence there must be no arbitrariness in what is said. This matters above everything. Confucius
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The man who in view of gain thinks of righteousness; who in the view of danger is prepared to give up his life; and who does not forget an old agreement however far back it extends - such a man may be reckoned a complete man. Confucius
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There is nothing more visible than what is secret, and nothing more manifest than what is minute. Confucius
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Desire to have things done quickly prevents their being done thoroughly. Confucius
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Do not use a cannon to kill a mosquito. Confucius
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There is the love of knowing without the love of learning; the beclouding here leads to dissipation of mind. Confucius
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Settle one difficulty, and you keep a hundred away. Confucius
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Have no friends not equal to yourself. Confucius
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Fix your mind on truth, hold firm to virtue, rely on loving kindness, and find your recreation in the Arts. Confucius
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One joy dispels a hundred cares. Confucius
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The Master said, The case is like that of someone raising a mound. If he stops working, the fact that it perhaps needed only one more basketful makes no difference; I stay where I am. Whereas even if he has not got beyond leveling the ground, but is still at work, the fact that he has only tilted one basketful of earth makes no difference. I go to help him. Confucius
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Respect yourself and others will respect you. Confucius
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Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure. Confucius
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I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand. Confucius
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If I am walking with two other men, each of them will serve as my teacher. I will pick out the good points of the one and imitate them, and the bad points of the other and correct them in myself. Confucius
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The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large. Confucius
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It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them. Confucius
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Never give a sword to a man who can't dance. Confucius
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The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell. Confucius
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Never contract friendship with a man that is not better than thyself. Confucius
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If we don't know life, how can we know death? Confucius
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To go beyond is as wrong as to fall short. Confucius
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Go before the people with your example, and be laborious in their affairs. Confucius
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Who heeds not the future will find sorrow at hand Confucius
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If you don't know how to serve men, why worry about serving the gods? Confucius
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If a superior man abandon virtue, how can he fulfil the requirements of that name? Confucius
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A country of a thousand war-chariots cannot be administered unless the ruler attends strictly to business, punctually observes his promises, is economical in expenditure, loves the people, and uses the labor of the peasantry only at the proper times of year. Confucius
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To be truly happy and contented, you must let go of what it means to be happy or content. Confucius
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A good man will certainly also possess courage; but a brave man is not necessarily good. Confucius
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