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"Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated."
-Confucius in Life quotes.
"To see what is right, and not to do it, is want of courage or of principle."
-Confucius in Courage quotes.
"When you have faults, do not fear to abandon them."
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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."
-Confucius in Love quotes.
"While you are not able to serve men, how can you serve spirits [of the dead]?...While you do not know life, how can you know about death?"
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"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."
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"It is better to play than do nothing."
-Confucius in Play quotes.
"It is only the benevolent man who is capable of liking or disliking other men."
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"Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."
-Confucius in Work quotes.
"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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"He who will not economize will have to agonize."
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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."
-Confucius
"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."
-Confucius in Virtue quotes.
"He who speaks without modesty will find it difficult to make his words good."
-Confucius in Humility quotes.
"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.'"
-Confucius in Practice quotes.
"The scholar who cherishes the love of comfort is not fit to be deemed a scholar."
-Confucius in Comfort quotes.
"Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance."
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"Study the past if you would define the future."
-Confucius in Past quotes.
"Without an acquaintance with the rules of propriety, it is impossible for the character to be established."
-Confucius in Character quotes.
"To see what is right and not to do it is want of courage."
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"If a man remembers what is right at the sign of profit, is ready to lay down his life in the face of danger, and does not forget sentiments he has repeated all his life when he has been in straitened circumstances for a long time, he may be said to be a complete man."
-Confucius
"There are three things which the superior man guards against. In youth...lust. When he is strong...quarrelsomeness. When he is old...covetousness."
-Confucius
"Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses."
-Confucius in Kindness quotes.
"While the gentleman cherishes benign rule, the small man cherishes his native land. While the gentleman cherishes a respect for the law, the small man cherishes generous treatment."
-Confucius in Respect quotes.
"Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous."
-Confucius in Learning quotes.
"Have no friends not equal to yourself."
-Confucius in Friendship quotes.
"The people may be made to follow a path of action, but they may not be made to understand it."
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"Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it."
-Confucius in Beauty quotes.
"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."
-Confucius in Security quotes.
"Humankind differs from the animals only by a little, and most people throw that away."
-Confucius in Animals quotes.
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