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The tongue must be heavy indeed, because so few people can hold it Confucius
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Not to mend one's ways when one has erred is to err indeed. Confucius
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Keep it simple and focus on what matters. Don't let yourself be overwhelmed. Confucius
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Confucius say... politician is one who shakes your hand before elections and your confidence after. Confucius
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A ruthless man extends his ruthlessness from those he does not love to those he loves. Confucius
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The faults of the superior man are like the eclipses of the sun and moon. He has his faults, and all men see them; he changes, and all men look up to him. Confucius
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The superior man limits his achievements. Confucius
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To be fond of learning is to be near to knowledge. To practice with vigor is to be near to magnanimity. To possess the feeling of shame is to be near to energy. Confucius
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By the ruler's cultivation of his own character, the duties of universal obligation are set forth. By honoring men of virtue and talents, he is preserved from errors of judgment. Confucius
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When a man is guided by the principles of reciprocity and consciousness, he is not far from the moral law. Whatever you don't wish for yourself don't do unto others. Confucius
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There are not the weeds the ones that drown the good seed, but the negligence of the peasant. Confucius
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Not knowing life, how can we know death? Why talk of spirits when you do not understand men? Confucius
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From the Son of Heaven down to the mass of the people, all must consider the cultivation of the person the root of everything besides. Confucius
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At 15 I set my heart on learning; At 30 I firmly took my stand; At 40 I had no delusions; At 50 I knew the Mandate of Heaven; At 60 my ear was attuned; At 70 I followed my heart's desire without overstepping the boundaries of right. 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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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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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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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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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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Those who cannot forgive others break the bridge over which they themselves must pass. 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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The mirror reflects all objects without being sullied 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 keeps the old akindle and adds new knowledge is fitted to be a teacher. Confucius
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If proper in their own conduct, what difficulty would they have in governing? But if not able to be proper in their own conduct, how can they demand such conduct from others? Confucius
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Sir, in carrying on your government, why should you use killing at all? Let your evinced desires be for what is good, and the people will be good. The relation between superiors and inferiors is like that between the wind and the grass. The grass must bend, when the wind blows across it. Confucius
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Please stop waiting for a better and more appropriate time to become happy and focus on the moment you live in. Happiness is not an arrival, it is the journey itself. Many people seek for happiness above the height of human beings, some below. Yet, happiness is exactly at the exact height of human beings. Confucius
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If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help someone else. Confucius
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If you know, say you know. If you don't know, say you don't know. Confucius
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The ideal teacher guides his students but does not pull them along; he urges them to go forward and does not suppress them; he opens the way but does not take them to the place. Confucius
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All things are already complete in oneself. Confucius
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Ignorance is the night of the mind, but a night without moon and star. Confucius
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I am not one who was born in the possession of knowledge; I am one who is fond of antiquity, and earnest in seeking it there. Confucius
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The Way of our Master is none other than conscientiousness of altruism. Confucius
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He does not preach what he practices till he has practiced what he preaches. Confucius
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Chose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. Confucius
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A youth is to be regarded with respect. How do you know that his future will not be equal to our present? Confucius
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Many seek happiness higher than men; others beneath him. But happiness is the same height as man. Confucius
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If you reflect within yourself and find nothing to be ashamed of, how could you have anxiety or fear. Confucius
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Expect much from yourself and little from others and you will avoid incurring resentments Confucius
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Straight-forwardness, without the rules of propriety, becomes rudeness. Confucius
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To lead uninstructed people to war is to throw them away. Confucius
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When I am with others, they are my teachers. I can select their good points and follow them, and select their bad points and avoid them. Confucius
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The superior person is calm and composed; the lesser person is continuously worried and distressed. Confucius
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If you make a mistake and do not correct it, this is called a mistake. Confucius
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Tea tempers the spirits and harmonizes the mind, dispels lassitude and relieves fatigue, awakens thought and prevents drowsiness, lightens or refreshes the body, and clears the perceptive faculties. Confucius
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A gentleman considers justice to be essential in everything. He practices it according to the principles of propriety. He brings it forth in modesty and faithfully completes it. This is indeed a gentleman. Confucius
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Base yourself in loyalty and trust. Don't be companion with those who are not your moral equal. When you make a mistake, don't hesitate to correct it. Confucius
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Although your father and mother are dead, if you propose to yourself any good work, only reflect how it will make their names illustrious, and your purpose will be fixed. Confucius
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The superior man honors his virtuous nature, and maintains constant inquiry and study, seeking to carry it out to its breadth and greatness, so as to omit none of the more exquisite and minute points which it embraces, and to raise it to its greatest height and brilliancy. Confucius
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The way of the superior man may be compared to what takes place in traveling, when to go to a distance we must first traverse the space that is near, and in ascending a height, when we must begin from the lower ground. Confucius
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To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous. Confucius
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Learn as if you were not reaching your goal and as though you were scared of missing it Confucius
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Man shoot at nothing, sure to hit it. Confucius
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Remember even when alone, that the divine is everywhere. Confucius
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Does Heaven ever speak? The four seasons come and go, and all creatures thrive and grow. Does Heaven ever speak! Confucius
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Everyone calls his son his son, whether he has talents or has not talents. Confucius
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Is there any one maxim which ought to be acted upon throughout one's whole life? Surely the maxim of loving kindness is such: Do not unto others what you would not they should do unto you. Confucius
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