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A man who does not think and plan long ahead will find trouble right at his door. Confucius
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The Superior Man is aware of Righteousness, the inferior man is aware of advantage. Confucius
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A disciple having asked for a definition of charity, the Master said LOVE ONE ANOTHER. Confucius
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Don't be concerned that you have no position; be concerned how you may fit yourself to occupy one. . Confucius
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Wealth and rank are what people desire, but unless they are obtained in the right way they may not be possessed. Confucius
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When you locate good in yourself, approve of it with determination. When you locate evil in yourself, despise it as something detestable. Confucius
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As in the case of making a mound, if, before the very last basketful, I stop, then I shall have stopped. As in the case of leveling the ground, if, though tipping only one basketful, I am going forward, then I shall be making progress. Confucius
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When words lose their meaning, people lose their liberty. Confucius
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The Man who says he can, and the man who says he can not.. Are both correct Confucius
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A superior man in dealing with the world is not for anything or against anything. He follows righteousness as the standard. Confucius
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A man is great not because he hasn't failed; a man is great because failure hasn't stopped him. Confucius
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Respect the gods, but have as little to do with them as possible. Confucius
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The gentleman desires to be halting in speech but quick in action. Confucius
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Happiness does not consist in having what you want, but in wanting what you have Confucius
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There are three sorts of pleasures which are advantageous, and three which are injurious. Finding pleasure in the discriminating study of ceremonies and music, finding pleasure in discussing the good points in the conduct of others, and finding pleasure in having many wise friends, these are advantageous. But finding pleasure in profligate enjoyments, finding pleasure in idle gadding about, and finding pleasure in feasting, these are injurious. Confucius
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How great is the path proper to the Sage! Like overflowing water, it sends forth and nourishes all things, and rises up to the height of heaven. All-complete is its greatness! It embraces the three hundred rules of ceremony, and the three thousand rules of demeanor. It waits for the proper man, and then it is trodden. Hence it is said, 'Only by perfect virtue can the perfect path, in all its courses, be made a fact.' Confucius
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When the Superior Man eats he does not try to stuff himself; at rest he does not seek perfect comfort; he is diligent in his work and careful in speech. He avails himself to people of the Tao and thereby corrects himself. This is the kind of person of whom you can say, 'he loves learning.' Confucius
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The superior man, even when he is not moving, has a feeling of reverence, and while he speaks not, he has the feeling of truthfulness. Confucius
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The Master said, "Wealth and honor are things that all people desire, and yet unless they are acquired in the proper way I will not abide them. Poverty and disgrace are things that all people hate, and yet unless they are avoided in the proper way I will not despise them. "If the gentleman abandons ren, how can he be worthy of that name? The gentleman does not violate ren even for the amount of time required to eat a meal. Even in times of urgency or distress, he does not depart from it." (Analects 4.5) Confucius
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Give a man a fish, feed home for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed for a lifetime. Confucius
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In antiquity men studied for their own sake; nowadays men study for the sake of impressing others. Confucius
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Behind every smile there's teeth. Confucius
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roads were made for journeys not destinations Confucius
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The gentleman sees what is right while the small man sees what is profitable. Confucius
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Be loyal to yourself, charitable to neighbours, nothing more. Confucius
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The journey with a 1000 miles begins with one step. Confucius
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The demands that a great man makes are on himself; those of a petty man are upon others. Confucius
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They must change who would be constant in happiness and wisdom. Confucius
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Not to alter one's faults is to be faulty indeed. Confucius
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If doing what ought to be done be made the first business and success a secondary consideration - is not this the way to exalt virtue? Confucius
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The heart of a wise man should resemble a mirror, which reflects every object without being sullied by any. Confucius
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The wheel of fortune turns incessantly round, and who can say within himself, I shall to-day be uppermost? Confucius
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Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. Confucius
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When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps. Confucius
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When anger rises, think of the consequences. Confucius
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The cautious seldom err. Confucius
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What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others. Confucius
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Faced with what is right, to leave it undone shows a lack of courage. Confucius
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He who exercises government by means of his virtue may be compared to the north polar star, which keeps its place and all the stars turn towards it. Confucius
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The object of the superior man is truth. Confucius
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To see what is right and not to do it is want of courage, or of principle. Confucius
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I will not be concerned at other men's not knowing me;I will be concerned at my own want of ability. Confucius
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Speak the truth, do not yield to anger; give, if thou art asked for little; by these three steps thou wilt go near the gods. Confucius
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Instead of being concerned that you have no office, be concerned to think how you may fit yourself for office. Instead of being concerned that you are not known, seek to be worthy of being known. Confucius
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Some are born with knowledge, some derive it from study, and some acquire it only after a painful realization of their ignorance. But the knowledge being possessed, it comes to the same thing. Some study with a natural ease, some from a desire for advantages, and some by strenuous effort. But the achievement being made, it comes to the same thing. Confucius
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Justice is like the north star, which is fixed, and all the rest revolve about it. Confucius
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Time flows away like the water in the river. Confucius
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By nature, men are nearly alike; by practice, they get to be wide apart. 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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There has never been a man mean and at the same time virtuous. Confucius
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A good man regards the root; he fixes the root, and ail else flows out of it. The root is filial piety; the fruit brotherly love. Confucius
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The rich fool is like a pig that is choked by its own fat. Confucius
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If the people be led by laws, and uniformity sought to be given them by punishments, they will try to avoid the punishment, but have no sense of shame. Confucius
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Slater soaks into the mind as water into low and marshy places, where it becomes stagnant and offensive. Confucius
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Be versed in ancient lore, and familiarize yourself with the modern; then may you become teachers. Confucius
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It is the way of the superior man to prefer the concealment of his virtue, while it daily becomes more illustrious, and it is the way of the mean man to seek notoriety, while he daily goes more and more to ruin. Confucius
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Teachers open the door ... you enter by yourself. Confucius
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The superior man is quiet and calm, waiting for the appointments of heaven, while the mean man walks in dangerous paths, looking for lucky occurrences. Confucius
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A true gentleman makes demands upon himself but not upon others. Confucius
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He who works for his own interests will arouse much animosity Confucius
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It cannot be when the root is neglected that what springs from it will be well ordered. Confucius
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The path may not be left for an instant. If it could be left, it would not be the path. Confucius
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To govern is to correct. If you set an example by being correct, who would dare remain incorrect? Confucius
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Virtue is not solitary; it is bound to have neighbors Confucius
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Man with hole in pocket, feel cocky all day. Confucius
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He who merely knows right principles is not equal to him who loves them. Confucius
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Make faithfulness and truth thy masters: have no friends unlike thyself: be not ashamed to mend thy faults. Confucius
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Possessed of courage but devoid of morality, a superior man will make trouble while a small man will be a brigand. Confucius
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Love should start from people close to us, then be extended to other people, to strangers, and eventually to the world Confucius
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