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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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He who knows all the answers has not been asked all the questions. Confucius
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If what one has to say is not better than silence, then one should keep silent. 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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An image is better than one thousand words Confucius
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Man is born with uprightness. If one loses it, he will be lucky if he escapes with his life. Confucius
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There is nothing impossible in all the world except that the heart of man is wanting in resolution. Confucius
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All things are nourished together without their injuring one another. The courses of the seasons, and of the sun and moon, are pursued without any collision among them. The smaller energies are like river currents; the greater energies are seen in mighty transformations. It is this which makes heaven and earth so great. Confucius
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Reviewing what you have learned and learning anew, you are fit to be a teacher. Confucius
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The virtuous man is driven by responsibility, the non-virtuous man is driven by profit. Confucius
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Study without reflection is a waste of time; reflection without study is dangerous. 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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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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Only after Winter comes do we know that the pine and the cypress are the last to fade. Confucius
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The wise men of antiquity, when they wished to make the whole world peaceful and happy, first put their own States into proper order. Before putting their States into proper order, they regulated their own families. Before regulating their families, they regulated themselves. Before regulating themselves, they tried to be sincere in their thoughts. Before being sincere in their thoughts, they tried to see things exactly as they really were. Confucius
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Though Confucius served the Duke of Lu, a Chinese state, he made many enemies with the nobles of the land. His views antagonized the powerful nobles, who wanted the Duke to be a puppet in their hands. Confucius was exiled from the State of Lu for more than two decades. He lived in the countryside, spreading his teachings. 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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One joy dispels a hundred cares. Confucius
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