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Old age, believe me, is a good and pleasant thing. It is true you are gently shouldered off the stage, but then you are given such a comfortable front stall as spectator. Confucius
The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home. Confucius
The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius
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
The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large. Confucius
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
When anger rises, think of the consequences. Confucius
An oppressive government is more to be feared than a tiger. Confucius
To know what you know and what you do not know, that is true knowledge. Confucius
Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it. Confucius
If you look into your own heart, and you find nothing wrong there, what is there to worry about? What is there to fear? Confucius
The book salesman should be honored because he brings to our attention, as a rule, the very books we need most and neglect most. Confucius
Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall. Confucius
Without feelings of respect, what is there to distinguish men from beasts? Confucius
Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without. Confucius
What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others. Confucius
Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated. Confucius
Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure. Confucius
Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance. Confucius
Heaven means to be one with God. Confucius
The firm, the enduring, the simple, and the modest are near to virtue. Confucius
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
If we don't know life, how can we know death? Confucius
To rule a country of a thousand chariots, there must be reverent attention to business, and sincerity; economy in expenditure, and love for men; and the employment of the people at the proper seasons. Confucius
Virtuous people often revenge themselves for the constraints to which they submit by the boredom which they inspire. Confucius
Do not impose on others what you yourself do not desire. Confucius
We should feel sorrow, but not sink under its oppression. Confucius
To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it. Confucius
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
A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions. Confucius
Ability will never catch up with the demand for it. Confucius
To those whose talents are above mediocrity, the highest subjects may be announced. To those who are below mediocrity, the highest subjects may not be announced. Confucius
Faced with what is right, to leave it undone shows a lack of courage. Confucius
It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop. Confucius
Look not at what is contrary to propriety; listen not to what is contrary to propriety; speak not what is contrary to propriety; make no movement which is contrary to propriety. Confucius
To practice five things under all circumstances constitutes perfect virtue; these five are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness. Confucius
He who speaks without modesty will find it difficult to make his words good. Confucius
Silence is a true friend who never betrays. Confucius
To see and listen to the wicked is already the beginning of wickedness. Confucius
The superior man does not, even for the space of a single meal, act contrary to virtue. In moments of haste, he cleaves to it. In seasons of danger, he cleaves to it. Confucius
I will not be concerned at other men's not knowing me; I will be concerned at my own want of ability. Confucius
A gentleman would be ashamed should his deeds not match his words. Confucius
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
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
Never give a sword to a man who can't dance. Confucius
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
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
To go beyond is as wrong as to fall short. Confucius
They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom. Confucius
It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them. Confucius
If some years were added to my life, I would give fifty to the study of the Yi, and then I might come to be without great faults. Confucius
Virtue is not left to stand alone. He who practices it will have neighbors. Confucius
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
To see the right and not to do it is cowardice. Confucius
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
Go before the people with your example, and be laborious in their affairs. Confucius
Never contract friendship with a man that is not better than thyself. Confucius
He who learns but does not think, is lost! He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger. Confucius
The superior man thinks always of virtue; the common man thinks of comfort. Confucius
Humility is the solid foundation of all virtues. Confucius
A youth, when at home, should be filial and, abroad, respectful to his elders. He should be earnest and truthful. He should overflow in love to all and cultivate the friendship of the good. When he has time and opportunity, after the performance of these things, he should employ them in polite studies. Confucius
The object of the superior man is truth. Confucius
I hear, I know. I see, I remember. I do, I understand. Confucius
The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions. Confucius
If I am walking with two other men, each of them will serve as my teacher. I will pick out the good points of the one and imitate them, and the bad points of the other and correct them in myself. Confucius
You cannot open a book without learning something. Confucius
The superior man acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his action. Confucius
How to play music may be known. At the commencement of the piece, all the parts should sound together. As it proceeds, they should be in harmony while severally distinct and flowing without break, and thus on to the conclusion. Confucius
Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. Confucius
The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell. Confucius
Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous. Confucius
Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change. Confucius
It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve; and bad things are very easy to get. Confucius
He who acts with a constant view to his own advantage will be much murmured against. Confucius
When we see persons of worth, we should think of equaling them; when we see persons of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves. Confucius
Death and life have their determined appointments; riches and honors depend upon heaven. Confucius
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
Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men. Confucius
Look at the means which a man employs, consider his motives, observe his pleasures. A man simply cannot conceal himself! Confucius
I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand. Confucius
The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence. Confucius
When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps. Confucius
When you are laboring for others let it be with the same zeal as if it were for yourself. Confucius
The superior man makes the difficulty to be overcome his first interest; success only comes later. Confucius
To see what is right and not to do it is want of courage, or of principle. Confucius
Wherever you go, go with all your heart. Confucius
As sons obey their father and wives obey their husbands, so should citizens obey their rulers. Confucius
Profit is the concern of a little man. Confucius
When the government leads by the right example, who dares to go astray. Confucius
There are three things which the wise man holds in reverence: the Will of Heaven, those in authority, and the words of the sages Confucius
The man who is fond of daring and is dissatisfied with poverty, will proceed to insubordination. So will the man who is not virtuous, when you carry your dislike of him to an extreme. Confucius
There is no time to cease learning. Only after you have closed the lid on the coffin does learning cease. Confucius
Give education and knowledge to the common people. Confucius
Poor young children and the elderly must be fed at public expense. Confucius
A superior man thinks of what is right. A small man thinks of profit. Confucius
When people are educated, class distinction disappears. Confucius
An oppressive government is worse than a man-eating tiger. Confucius
The superior man governs men, according to their nature, with what is proper to them, and as soon as they change what is wrong, he stops. Confucius