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Confucius

Confucius (Kong Fu Zi or K'ung-fu-tzu), literally "Master Kong". Chinese social philosopher, whose teachings deeply influenced East Asian life and thought.
Found 171 thoughts of Confucius

The perfecting of one's self is the fundamental base of all progress and all moral development.

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

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It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.

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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.

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Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses.

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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. When all is orderly, he does not forget that disorder may come. Thus his person is not endangered, and his States and all their clans are preserved.

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Have no friends not equal to yourself.

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When you see a good man, try to emulate his example, and when you see a bad man, search yourself for his faults.

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

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I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.

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It is only the benevolent man who is capable of liking or disliking other men.

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A youth is to be regarded with respect. How do you know that his future will not be equal to our present?

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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."

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The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.

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The superior man acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his action.

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The superior man is satisfied and composed; the mean man is always full of distress.

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

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If a man withdraws his mind from the love of beauty, and applies it as sincerely to the love of the virtuous; if, in serving his parents, he can exert his utmost strength; if, in serving his prince, he can devote his life; if in his intercourse with his friends, his words are sincere - although men say that he has not learned, I will certainly say that he has.

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To see what is right and not to do it is want of courage.

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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.

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To see what is right, and not to do it, is want of courage or of principle.

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Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.

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If a man take no thought about what is distant, he will find sorrow near at hand

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

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I have not seen a person who loved virtue, or one who hated what was not virtuous. He who loved virtue would esteem nothing above it.

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