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When anger rises, think of the consequences. Confucius - Anger
Virtue is not left to stand alone. He who practices it will have neighbors. Confucius - Practice
The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell. Confucius - Right and Rightness
Do not worry about holding high position; worry rather about playing your proper role. Confucius - Worry
It is better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness. Confucius - Complaints and Complaining
The essence of knowledge is, having it, to apply it; not having it, to confess your ignorance. Confucius - Knowledge
Chose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. Confucius - Work
Only the wisest and the stupidest of men never change. Confucius - Change
By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest. Confucius - Wisdom
Don't complain about the snow on your neighbor's roof when your own doorstep is unclean. Confucius - Complaints and Complaining
A man who does not think and plan long ahead will find trouble right at his door. Confucius - Planning
The faults of a superior person are like the sun and moon. They have their faults, and everyone sees them; they change and everyone looks up to them. Confucius - Faults
Can there be a love which does not make demands on its object? Confucius - Love
To be with God. Confucius - Heaven
To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it. Confucius - Mistakes
If you look into your own heart, you find nothing wrong there, what is there to fear? Confucius - Conscience
Death and life have their determined appointments; riches and honors depend upon heaven. Confucius - Fate
The superior man is firm in the right way, and not merely firm. Confucius - Superiority
Without knowing the force of words, it is impossible to know men. Confucius - Words
Study the past if you would divine the future. Confucius - Past
The real fault is to have faults and not amend them. Confucius - Faults
To see and listen to the wicked is already the beginning of wickedness. Confucius - Wickedness
Have no friends not equal to yourself. Confucius - Friends and Friendship
When you know a thing, to hold that you know it; and when you do not know a thing, to allow that you do not know it--this is knowledge. Confucius - Knowledge
Boldness, without the rules of propriety, becomes insubordination. Confucius - Risk
Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it. Confucius - Beauty
Without feelings of respect, what is there to distinguish men from beasts? Confucius - Respectability
To see what is right, and not do it, is want of courage, or of principle. Confucius - Perception
I am not concerned that I am not known, I seek to be worthy to be known. Confucius - Fame
Recompense injury with justice, and recompense kindness with kindness. Confucius - Kindness
Silence is the true friend that never betrays. Confucius - Silence
Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. Confucius - Failure
Learning without thought is labor lost. Thought without learning is perilous. Confucius - Thoughts and Thinking
Of neighborhoods, benevolence is the most beautiful. How can the man be considered wise who when he had the choice does not settle in benevolence. Confucius - Neighbors
Not to alter one's faults is to be faulty indeed. Confucius - Faults
The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home. Confucius - Family
To know is to know that you know nothing. That is the meaning of true knowledge. Confucius - Knowledge
The perfecting of one's self is the fundamental base of all progress and all moral development. Confucius - Growth
If you lead the people with correctness, who will dare not be correct? Confucius - Leaders and Leadership
The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large. Confucius - Self-talk
The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius - Diligence
The superior man will watch over himself when he is alone. He examines his heart that there may be nothing wrong there, and that he may have no cause of dissatisfaction with himself. Confucius - Character
Ignorance is the night of the mind, but a night without moon or star. Confucius - Ignorance
Learn as though you would never be able to master it; hold it as though you would be in fear of losing it. Confucius - Learning
What the superior person seeks is in themselves. What the mean person seeks is in others. Confucius - Superiority
To know what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice. Confucius - Coward and Cowardice
Acquire new knowledge whilst thinking over the old, and you may become a teacher of others. Confucius - Knowledge
Think no vice so small that you may commit it, and no virtue so small that you may over look it. Confucius - Vice
When you have faults, do not fear to abandon them. Confucius - Faults
The way of the superior person is threefold; virtuous, they are free from anxieties; wise they are free from perplexities; and bold they are free from fear. Confucius - Superiority
Do not be desirous of having things done quickly. Do not look at small advantages. Desire to have things done quickly prevents their being done thoroughly. Looking at small advantages prevents great affairs from being accomplished. Confucius - Achievement
We take greater pains to persuade others we are happy than in trying to think so ourselves. Confucius - Happiness
Mankind differs from the animals only by a little and most people throw that away. Confucius - Animals
With coarse rice to eat, with water to drink, and my bent arm for a pillow -- I have still joy in the midst of all these things. Confucius - Joy
The wheel of fortune turns round incessantly, and who can say to himself, ''I shall today be uppermost.'' Confucius - Fate
When we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves. Confucius - Character
Life is really simple, but men insist on making it complicated. Confucius - Simplicity
The father who does not teach his son his duties is equally guilty with the son who neglects them. Confucius - Fathers
Sincerity and truth are the basis of every virtue. Confucius - Sincerity
He who conquers himself is the mightiest warrior. Confucius - Self-control
When prosperity comes, do not use all of it. Confucius - Prosperity
He who wishes to secure the good of others has already secured his own. Confucius - Rewards
The superior man acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his action. Confucius - Action
To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must cultivate our personal life; and to cultivate our personal life, we must first set our hearts right. Confucius - Change
To go too far is as bad as to fall short. Confucius - Excess
A man who has committed a mistake and doesn't correct it is committing another mistake. Confucius - Failure
There are three methods to gaining wisdom. The first is reflection, which is the highest. The second is limitation, which is the easiest. The third is experience, which is the bitterest. Confucius - Wisdom
Faithfulness and sincerity are the highest things. Confucius - Faithfulness
When you see a worthy person, endeavor to emulate him. When you see an unworthy person, then examine your inner self. Confucius - Service
If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people. Confucius - Teachers and Teaching
We should feel sorrow, but not sink under its oppression. Confucius - Sorrow
Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men. Confucius - Wisdom
Confucius - Virtue
They must change who would be constant in happiness and wisdom. Confucius - Change
When nature exceeds culture, we have the rustic. When culture exceeds nature then we the pedant. Confucius - Scholars and Scholarship
It is not possible for one to teach others who cannot teach his own family. Confucius - Family
Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves. Confucius - Revenge
I have never seen a man as fond of virtue as of women. Confucius - Virtue
Love thy neighbor as thyself: Do not to others what thou wouldn't not wish be done to thyself: Forgive injuries. Forgive thy enemy, be reconciled to him, give him assistance, invoke God in his behalf. Confucius - Forgiveness
To be fond of learning is near to wisdom; to practice with vigor is near to benevolence; and to be conscious of shame is near to fortitude. He who knows these three things. Confucius - Character
I want you to be everything that's you, deep at the center of your being. Confucius - Motivation
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 - Poverty and The Poor
The superior man is modest in his speech but exceeds in his actions. Confucius - Action
A fool despises good counsel, but a wise man takes it to heart. Confucius - Fools and Foolishness
Worry not that no one knows of you; seek to be worth knowing. Confucius - Worry
The superior man thinks always of virtue; the common man thinks of comfort. Confucius - Virtue
The parents age must be remembered, both for joy and anxiety. Confucius - Family
Tsze-Kung asked, saying, is there one word which may serve as a rule of practice for all one's life?'' The Master said, ''Is not Reciprocity such a word? What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others. Confucius - Words
To love a thing means wanting it to live. Confucius - Love
To be able under all circumstances to practice five things constitutes perfect virtue; these five things are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness and kindness.
Man who stand on hill with mouth open will wait long time for roast duck to drop in. Confucius - Inaction
Consideration for others is the basic of a good life, a good society. Confucius - Manners
It is man that makes truth great, not truth that makes man great. Confucius - Truth
What you do not want others to do to you, do not do to others. Confucius - Example

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