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 Confucius Quotes 

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Life is really simple, but we insist on insist on making it complicated. complicated.

Before you embark on embark on a journey of revenge, revenge, dig two graves.

Silence is a true friend who never betrays. betrays.

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

Attack the evil evil that is within yourself, rather rather than attacking the evil evil that is in others.

The hardest thing of all is to find a black cat in a dark room, especially especially if there is no cat.

It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived deceived by them.

Real kowledge is to know the extent extent of one's ignorance.

When it is obvious obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.

Better a diamond with a flaw flaw than a pebble pebble without.

To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order; we must first cultivate cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right.

The superior man thinks always of thinks always of virtue; virtue; the common man thinks of thinks of comfort.

To be wealthy and honored in an unjust society is a disgrace. disgrace.

Consideration Consideration for others is the basis of a good life, a good society.

When a wise man points at the moon the imbecile imbecile examines the finger.

Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous. perilous.

The nobler sort sort of man emphasizes emphasizes the good qualities in others, and does not accentuate accentuate the bad. The inferior does.

The Master said, A true gentleman is one who has set his heart upon the Way. A fellow who is ashamed ashamed merely merely of shabby clothing or modest modest meals is not even worth conversing conversing with.

The superior man is modest modest in his speech, but exceeds exceeds in his actions.

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

The Master said, If your conduct conduct is determined determined solely by considerations considerations of profit you will arouse arouse great resentment. resentment.

Behind Behind every smile there's teeth.

The Master said, The gentleman understands what is right, whereas the petty petty man understands profit.

Knowledge is merely merely brilliance in organization of ideas and not wisdom. The truly wise person goes beyond goes beyond knowledge.

Fix your mind on truth, hold firm to hold firm to virtue, virtue, rely on rely on loving kindness, and find your recreation recreation in the Arts.

One joy dispels dispels a hundred cares.

Faced with Faced with what is right, to leave it undone undone shows a lack lack of courage.

We take greater pains to persuade persuade others that we are happy than in endeavoring endeavoring to think so ourselves

If one should desire to know whether a kingdom is well governed, if its morals are good or bad, the quality of its music will furnish furnish the answer.

Be not ashamed ashamed of mistakes and thus make them crimes.

To be able able under all circumstances circumstances to practice five things constitutes constitutes perfect virtue; virtue; these five things are gravity, gravity, generosity generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness earnestness and kindness.

If there were one word that could act as act as a standard of conduct conduct for one's entire entire life, perhaps perhaps it would be 'thoughtfulness.

Lead the people with administrative injunctions injunctions and put them in their place with penal law, and they will avoid punishments but will be without a sense of shame. Lead them with excellence excellence and put them in their place through roles and ritual practices, and in addition addition to developing a sense of shame, they will order themselves harmoniously harmoniously

The superior man, when resting in safety, does not forget that danger may come. When in a state of security he does not forget the possibility of ruin. ruin. When all is orderly, he does not forget that disorder disorder may come. Thus his person is not endangered, endangered, and his States and all their clans are preserved. preserved.

Speak the truth, do not yield to anger; give, if thou thou art asked for asked for little; by these three steps thou thou wilt go near the gods

They must often often change who would remain remain constant in happiness and wisdom.

The way of the superior person is threefold; virtuous, virtuous, they are free from anxieties; wise they are free from perplexities; and bold they are free from fear.

A comon man marvels marvels at uncommon things. A wise man marvels marvels at the commonplace. commonplace.

Some are born with knowledge, some derive it from study, and some acquire acquire it only after a painful realization realization of their ignorance

The Essence Essence of Knowledge is, having it, to use it.

The scholar does not consider consider gold and jade to be precious treasures, but loyalty loyalty and good faith.

Looking at small advantages prevents prevents great affairs from being accomplished. accomplished.

It is when those who are not strong enough have made some moderate moderate amount amount of progress that they fail and give up...

Tsze Kung asked, Is there one word with which to act in accordance throughout a lifetime?" The Master said, Is not reciprocity reciprocity such a word? What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.

When you have faults, do not fear to abandon abandon them.

To see and listen to the wicked wicked is already the beginning of wickedness wickedness

For this reason the gentleman will employ a man on a distant distant mission and observe his degree of loyalty, loyalty, will employ him close at hand and observe his degree of respect. He will hand him troublesome affairs and observe how well he manages them, will suddenly ask his advice and observe how wisely he answers. He will exact exact some difficult promise from him and see how well he keeps it, turn over turn over funds to him and see with what benevolence benevolence he dispenses them, inform him of the danger he is in and note how faithful he is to his duties. He will get him drunk with wine and observe how well he handles handles himself, place him in mixed company and see what effect effect beauty has upon him. By applying these nine tests, you may determine determine who is the unworthy man.

The scholar who cherishes cherishes the love of comfort is not fit to be deemed a scholar.

A man without persistence persistence will never make a good shaman or a good physician.

The cautious cautious seldom seldom err.

Writing cannot express all words, words cannot encompass encompass all ideas.

Without an acquaintance acquaintance with the rules of propriety, propriety, it is impossible for the character to be established established

What can a man do with music who is not benevolent? benevolent?

Coarse Coarse rice to eat, water to drink, my bended arm for a pillow therein is happiness. Wealth and rank attained through immoral means means are nothing but drifting clouds.

To study and constantly, is this not a pleasure? pleasure? To have friends come from far away places, is this not a joy? If people do not recognize your worth, but this does not worry worry you, are you not a true gentleman?

When we see men of a contrary contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.

The Master said, To study, and then in a timely fashion to practice what you have learned learned is this not satisfying? To have companions companions arrive from afar is this not a joy? To remain remain unrecognized by others and yet remain remain free of resentment resentment is this not the mark of the gentleman?

That a man lives is because he is straight. That a man who dupes dupes others survives survives is because he has been fortunate enough to be spared. spared.

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