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Ability will never catch up with the demand for it. Confucius

People with virtue must speak out; People who speak are not all virtuous. Confucius

What the superior man seeks is in himself; what the small man seeks is in others. Confucius

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

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

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

If you make a mistake and do not correct it, this is called a mistake. Confucius

Never seek illicit wealth. Confucius

The father who does not teach his son his duties is equally guilty with the son who neglects them. Confucius

A man who does not think and plan long ahead will find trouble right at his door. Confucius

The Superior Man is aware of Righteousness, the inferior man is aware of advantage. Confucius

A disciple having asked for a definition of charity, the Master said LOVE ONE ANOTHER. Confucius

Don't be concerned that you have no position; be concerned how you may fit yourself to occupy one. . Confucius

Wealth and rank are what people desire, but unless they are obtained in the right way they may not be possessed. Confucius

When you locate good in yourself, approve of it with determination. When you locate evil in yourself, despise it as something detestable. Confucius

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

When words lose their meaning, people lose their liberty. Confucius

The Man who says he can, and the man who says he can not.. Are both correct Confucius

A superior man in dealing with the world is not for anything or against anything. He follows righteousness as the standard. Confucius

A man is great not because he hasn't failed; a man is great because failure hasn't stopped him. Confucius

Respect the gods, but have as little to do with them as possible. Confucius

The gentleman desires to be halting in speech but quick in action. Confucius

Happiness does not consist in having what you want, but in wanting what you have Confucius

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

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

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

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

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

Give a man a fish, feed home for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed for a lifetime. Confucius

In antiquity men studied for their own sake; nowadays men study for the sake of impressing others. Confucius

Behind every smile there's teeth. Confucius

roads were made for journeys not destinations Confucius

The gentleman sees what is right while the small man sees what is profitable. Confucius

Be loyal to yourself, charitable to neighbours, nothing more. Confucius

The journey with a 1000 miles begins with one step. Confucius

The demands that a great man makes are on himself; those of a petty man are upon others. Confucius

They must change who would be constant in happiness and wisdom. Confucius

Not to alter one's faults is to be faulty indeed. Confucius

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

The heart of a wise man should resemble a mirror, which reflects every object without being sullied by any. Confucius

The wheel of fortune turns incessantly round, and who can say within himself, I shall to-day be uppermost? Confucius

The noble-minded are calm and steady. Little people are forever fussing and fretting. Confucius

You will never know how sharp a sword is unless it's drawn from its sheath Confucius

There has never been a man mean and at the same time virtuous. Confucius

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

The rich fool is like a pig that is choked by its own fat. Confucius

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

Slater soaks into the mind as water into low and marshy places, where it becomes stagnant and offensive. Confucius

Teachers open the door ... you enter by yourself. Confucius

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

A true gentleman makes demands upon himself but not upon others. Confucius

He who works for his own interests will arouse much animosity Confucius

It cannot be when the root is neglected that what springs from it will be well ordered. Confucius

The path may not be left for an instant. If it could be left, it would not be the path. Confucius

To govern is to correct. If you set an example by being correct, who would dare remain incorrect? Confucius

Virtue is not solitary; it is bound to have neighbors Confucius

Man with hole in pocket, feel cocky all day. Confucius

He who merely knows right principles is not equal to him who loves them. Confucius

Make faithfulness and truth thy masters: have no friends unlike thyself: be not ashamed to mend thy faults. Confucius

Possessed of courage but devoid of morality, a superior man will make trouble while a small man will be a brigand. Confucius

Love should start from people close to us, then be extended to other people, to strangers, and eventually to the world Confucius

Love others as you would love yourself, judge others as you would judge yourself, cherish others as you would cherish yourself. When you wish for others as you wish for yourself and when you protect others as you would protect yourself, that's when you can say it's true love. Confucius

I saw some piglets suckling their dead mother. After a short while they shuddered and went away. They had sensed that she could no longer see them and that she wasn't like them any more. What they loved in their mother wasn't her body, but whatever it was that made her body live. Confucius

Men do not stumble over mountains, but over mole hills. Confucius

If a man in the morning hear the right way, he may die in the evening without regret. Confucius

If a man is respectful he will not be treated with insolence. If he is tolerant he will win the multitude. If he is trustworthy in his word his fellow man will entrust him with responsibility. If he is quick he will achieve results. if he is generous he will be good enough to be put in a position over his fellow men. Confucius

How should I know anything about another world when I know so little of this? Confucius

Justice for All in the World Confucius

Behave when away from home as though you were in the presence of an honored guest. Employ the people as though you were assisting at an important sacrifice. Do not do to others what you would not like yourself. Then there will be no feelings of opposition to you, whether it is the affairs of a state that you are handling or the affairs of a family. Confucius

When the perfect order prevails, the world is like a home shared by all. Leaders are capable and virtuous. Everyone loves and respects their own parents and children as well as the parents and children of others. The old are cared for, adults have jobs, children are nourished and educated. There is a means of support for all those who are disabled or find themselves alone in the world. Everyone has an appropriate role to play in the family and society. Devotion to public duty leaves no place for idleness. Scheming for ill gain is unknown. Sharing displaces selfishness and materialism. Confucius



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