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Confucius (551 BC - 479 BC)
Chinese philosopher & reformer [more author details]
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The people may be made to follow a path of action, but they may not be made to understand it.
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Confucius, The Confucian Analects
The scholar who cherishes the love of comfort is not fit to be deemed a scholar.
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The superior man cannot be known in little matters, but he may be entrusted with great concerns. The small man may not be entrusted with great concerns, but he may be known in little matters.
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The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.
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The superior man is satisfied and composed; the mean man is always full of distress.
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The superior man...does not set his mind either for anything, or against anything; what is right he will follow.
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There are three things which the superior man guards against. In youth...lust. When he is strong...quarrelsomeness. When he is old...covetousness.
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Things that are done, it is needless to speak about...things that are past, it is needless to blame.
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To be able to practice five things everywhere under heaven constitutes perfect virtue...[They are] gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness.
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To go beyond is as wrong as to fall short.
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Virtue is more to man than either water or fire. I have seen men die from treading on water and fire, but I have never seen a man die from treading the course of virtue.
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Virtue is not left to stand alone. He who practices it will have neighbors.
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What the superior man seeks is in himself. What the mean man seeks is in others.
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What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.
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When a man's knowledge is sufficient to attain, and his virtue is not sufficient to enable him to hold, whatever he may have gained, he will lose again.
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When we see men of worth, we should think of equaling them; when we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.
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When you have faults, do not fear to abandon them.
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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.
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With coarse rice to eat, with water to drink, and my bended arm for a pillow - I have still joy in the midst of these things. Riches and honors acquired by unrighteousness are to me as a floating cloud.
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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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