Quotes by Confucius

A fool despises good counsel, but a wise man takes it to heart.
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A man who has committed a mistake and doesn’t correct it is committing another mistake.
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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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Don’t complain about the snow on your neighbor’s roof when your own doorstep is unclean.
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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.
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Faithfulness and sincerity are the highest things.
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He who conquers himself is the mightiest warrior.
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I am not concerned that I am not known, I seek to be worthy to be known.
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If you look into your own heart, you find nothing wrong there, what is there to fear?
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If you lead the people with correctness, who will dare not be correct?
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It is not possible for one to teach others who cannot teach his own family.
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It is only the wisest and the stupidest that cannot change.
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He who conquers himself is the mightiest warrior.
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Man who stand on hill with mouth open will wait long time for roast duck to drop in.
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Mankind differs from the animals only by a little and most people throw that away.
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Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
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Recompense injury with justice, and recompense kindness with kindness.
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Study the past, if you would divine the future.
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The parents age must be remembered, both for joy and anxiety.
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The father who does not teach his son his duties is equally guilty with the son who neglects them.
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The perfecting of one’s self is the fundamental base of all progress and all moral development.
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The wheel of fortune turns round incessantly, and who can say to himself, “I shall today be uppermost.”
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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.
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To put the world right 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 our personal life; we must first set our hearts right.
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The essence of knowledge is, having it, to apply it; not having it, to confess your ignorance.
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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.
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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.
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We take greater pains to persuade others we are happy than in trying to think so ourselves.
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When we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.
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When you see a worthy person, endeavor to emulate him. When you see an unworthy person, then examine your inner self.
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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.
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Worry not that no one knows of you; seek to be worth knowing.
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