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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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The mirror reflects all objects without being sullied 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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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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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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