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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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A gentleman does not promote a man on account of what he says; nor does he reject sayings, because the speaker is what he is. Confucius
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The contrived language and the flattering attitude rarely come with the virtue. Confucius
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Don't make to others what you don't want them to make to you. Confucius
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When you have become one with the Great Universal, you will have no partiality, and when you are part of the process of transformation, you will have no rigidity. Confucius
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There is only one thing in life which never changes, and it is change. Confucius
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A man who does not forget an agreement is resolved and honorable man. Confucius
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He who crosses the ocean twice without washing is a dirty double crosser. 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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Do not unto another that you would hot have him do unto you. Thou needest this law alone. It is the foundation of all the rest. Confucius
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Wisdom is rooted in watching with affection the way people grow. Confucius
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In dealing with the dead, if we treat them as if they were entirely dead, that would show a want of affection and should not be done; or, if we treat them as if they were entirely alive, that would show a want of wisdom and should not be done. Confucius
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When admins have faults, they do not fear to ignore them Confucius
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Don't worry if people don't recognize your merits; worry that you may not recognize theirs. Confucius
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The superior man in regard to his speech is anxious that it should be sincere. Confucius
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To lead an uninstructed people to war is to throw them away. Confucius
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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
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To go too far is as bad as to fall short. Confucius
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A man who has committed a mistake and doesn't correct it is committing another mistake. Confucius
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It is better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness. Confucius
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What the superior person seeks is in themselves. What the mean person seeks is in others. Confucius
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Without knowing the force of words, it is impossible to know men. Confucius
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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
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At fifteen my mind was directed to study, and at thirty I knew where to stand. Confucius
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Care not for want of place; care for thy readiness to fill one. Care not for being unknown, but seek to be worthy of note. 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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To know that one knows what one knows, and to know that one doesn't know what one doesn't know, there lies true wisdom. Confucius
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I am not concerned that I am not known, I seek to be worthy to be known. Confucius
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Happiness is not at the top of the mountain, but in how to climb. 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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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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Future generation is the most important thing. Confucius
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Wouldst thou know if a people be well governed, or if its laws be good or bad, examine the music it practices. 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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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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Those who cannot forgive others break the bridge over which they themselves must pass. Confucius
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I used to take on trust a man's deeds after having listened to his words. Now having listened to a man's words I go on to observe his deeds. Confucius
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The gem cannot be polished without friction nor man without trials. Confucius
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I could see peace instead of this. Confucius
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Study the past if you want to define the future. Confucius
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Music is the one thing in which there is no use trying to deceive others or make false pretenses. Confucius
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A man should demand much from himself, but little from others. When you meet a man of worth, think how you may attain to his excellence. When you meet an unworthy one, then look within and examine yourself. 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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