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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Many seek happiness higher than men; others beneath him. But happiness is the same height as man. 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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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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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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For one word a man is often deemed to be wise, and for one word he is often deemed to be foolish. We should be careful indeed what we say. Confucius
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The superior man, while his parents are alive, reverently nourishes them; and, when they are dead, reverently sacrifices to them. His thought to the end of his life is how not to disgrace them. Confucius
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In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of. Confucius
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To practice five things under all circumstances constitutes perfect virtue; these five are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness. Confucius
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Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men. Confucius
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The superior man is distressed by the limitations of his ability; he is not distressed by the fact that men do not recognize the ability that he has. Confucius
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Do not impose on others what you yourself do not desire. Confucius
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