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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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People with virtue must speak out; People who speak are not all virtuous. Confucius
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What the superior man seeks is in himself; what the small man seeks is in others. Confucius
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If names are not correct, then language is not in accord with the truth of things. If language is not in accord with the truth of things, then affairs cannot be carried out successfully. Confucius
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In old days men studied for the sake of self-improvement; nowadays men study in order to impress other people. Confucius
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Without knowing the force of words, it is impossible to know more. Confucius
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To give oneself ernestly to securing righteousness and justice among the people, and while respecting the gods and demons, to keep aloof from them, that may be called wisdom. Confucius
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When the wind blows,the grass bends. 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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When you are laboring for others let it be with the same zeal as if it were for yourself. Confucius
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Ability will never catch up with the demand for it. 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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How transcendent is the virtue of the middle conduct! Rare for a long time has been its practice among the people. Confucius
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First and foremost, be faithful to your superiors, keep all promises, refuse the friendship of all who are not like you; and if you have made a mistake, do not be afraid of admitting the fact and amending your ways. 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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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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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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If I cannot get men who steer a middle course to associate with, I would far rather have the impetuous and hasty. For the impetuous at any rate assert themselves. Confucius
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To learn without thinking is labour in vain, to think without learning is desolation. Confucius
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Which demands a lot of himself and some others, will be free from hatred. Confucius
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If you would govern a state of a thousand chariots, you must pay strict attention to business, be true to your word, be economical in expenditure and love the people. Confucius
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Wisdom is worried for being slow in its speech and expeditious in its actions. Confucius
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Transport a handful of earth everyday and you will make a mountain. Confucius
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I daily examine myself on three points: In planning for others, have I failed in conscientiousness? In intercourse with friends, have I been insincere? And have I failed to practice what I have been taught? 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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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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An angry man is full of poison. Confucius
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Guide the people by law, subdue them by punishment; they may shun crime, but will be void of shame. Guide them by example, subdue them by courtesy; they will learn shame, and come to be good. Confucius
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Listen much, keep silent when in doubt, and always take heed of the tongue; thou wilt make few mistakes. See much, beware of pitfalls, and always give heed to thy walk; thou wilt have little to rue. If thy words are seldom wrong, thy deeds leave little to rue, pay will follow. Confucius
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The requisites of government are that there be sufficiency of food, sufficiency of military equipment, and the confidence of the people in their ruler. Confucius
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There are three unfilial acts: the greatest of these is the failure to produce sons. Confucius
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Gentlemen should not waste their time on trivial games - they should play go[3] Confucius
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When we have intelligence resulting from sincerity, this condition is to be ascribed to nature; when we have sincerity resulting from intelligence, this condition is to be ascribed to instruction. But given the sincerity, and there shall be the intelligence; given the intelligence, and there shall be the sincerity. 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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Straight-forwardness, without the rules of propriety, becomes rudeness. Confucius
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When a country is well governed, poverty and a mean condition are things to be ashamed of. When a country is ill governed, riches and honor are things to be ashamed of. Confucius
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I know how it is that the path of the Mean is not walked in - The knowing go beyond it, and the stupid do not come up to it. I know how it is that the path of the Mean is not understood - The men of talents and virtue go beyond it, and the worthless do not come up to it. Confucius
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Things have their root and their branches. Affairs have their end and their beginning. To know what is first and what is last will lead near to what is taught in the Great Learning. 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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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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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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Without an acquaintance with the rules of propriety, it is impossible for the character to be established. Confucius
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[The superior man] acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his actions. Confucius
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A ruler who governs his state by virtue is like the north polar star, which remains in its place while all the other stars revolve around it. Confucius
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To go too far is the same as not to go far enough. Confucius
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The superior man is anxious lest he should not get truth; he is not anxious lest poverty should come upon him. Confucius
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I used to listen to what others said, and expect them to act accordingly. But nowadays, I listen to what they say, and then observe what they do. 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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The noble-minded are calm and steady. Little people are forever fussing and fretting. Confucius
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You will never know how sharp a sword is unless it's drawn from its sheath Confucius
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