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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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An image is better than one thousand words Confucius
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The mirror reflects all objects without being sullied 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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Many seek happiness higher than men; others beneath him. But happiness is the same height as man. 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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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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He does not preach what he practices till he has practiced what he preaches. 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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The superior man accords with the course of the Mean. Though he may be all unknown, unregarded by the world, he feels no regret - It is only the sage who is able for this. Confucius
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When you see a good man, think of emulating him; when you see a bad man, examine your own heart. 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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Remember even when alone, that the divine is everywhere. Confucius
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Your eyes are always bigger than your stomach. Confucius
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A man who lacks reliability is utterly useless. Confucius
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A man who reviews the old so as to find out the new is qualified to teach others. 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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