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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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The mirror reflects all objects without being sullied 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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If what one has to say is not better than silence, then one should keep silent. 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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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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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 superior man limits his achievements. 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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Many seek happiness higher than men; others beneath him. But happiness is the same height as man. 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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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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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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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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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 bothered by the fact that I am unknown. I am bothered when I do not know others. Confucius
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Learn, as if never overtaking your object, and yet as if apprehensive of losing it. Confucius
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When superiors are fond of showing their humanity, inferiors try to outstrip one another in their practice of it. 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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Balance is the perfect state of still water. Let that be our model. It remains quiet within and is not disturbed on the surface. Confucius
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If a man sets his heart on benevolence he will be free from evil. Confucius
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All people are the same; only their habits differ. Confucius
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Act with kindness but do not expect gratitude. Confucius
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An angry man is full of poison. Confucius
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Even four harnessed horses cannot bring imprudent words back into the mouth. Confucius
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The nobler sort of man emphasizes the good qualities in others, and does not accentuate the bad. The inferior does the reverse. . . . The nobler sort of man pays special attention to nine points. He is anxious to see clearly, to hear distinctly, to be kindly in his looks, respectful in his demeanor, conscientious in his speech, earnest in his affairs. When in doubt, he is careful to inquire; when in anger, he thinks of the consequences; when offered an opportunity for gain, he thinks only of his duty. 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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