Confucius (September 28, 551 BC – 479 BC) was a Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher of the Spring and Autumn period of Chinese history. The philosophy of Confucius emphasized personal and governmental morality, correctness of social relationships, justice and sincerity.

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

It is only the wisest and the stupidest that cannot change.

Have no friends not equal to yourself.

The father who does not teach his son his duties is equally guilty with the son who neglects them.

Forget injuries, never forget kindness.

I do not want a friend who smiles when I smile, who weeps when I weep, for my shadow in the pool can do better than that.

Never seek illicit wealth.

Wisdom, compassion and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men.

Learning without thought is labor lost, and thought without learning is perilous.

It is man that makes truth great. not truth that makes man great.

I have never seen a man as fond of virtue as of women.

I investigate things to complete my knowledge, my complete knowledge makes my thoughts sincere, my thoughts being sincere, my heart is pure.

Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.

We take great pains to persuade other that we are happy, than in to think so ourselves.

Never hesitate to ask a lesser person.

Without knowing the force of words it is impossible to know men.

Silence is a true friend who never betrays.

See what a man does. Mark his motives. Examine in which things he rests. How can a man conceal his character? How can a man conceal his character?

He who will not economize will have to agonize.

A good man is not mine to see. Could I see a man possessed of constancy that would satisfy me.

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