Confucius

Confucius

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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When you see a good man think of emulating him, when you see a bad man examine your own heart.

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.

Do not take liberties with the gods or weary them.

He who kisses girl on hillside is not level.

If language is not correct, then what is said is not what is meant; if what is said is not what is meant, then what must be done remains undone; if this remains undone morals and art will deteriorate, if justice goes astray the people will stand about in helpless confusion. Hence there must be no arbitrariness in what is said. This matters above everything.

The superior man is distressed by his want of ability

To go too far is as bad as to fall short.

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

Straightforwardness without the rules of propriety becomes rudeness.

To see and listen to the wicked is already the beginning of wickedness.

It is the law of nature that woman should be held under the dominance of man.

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

Hold faithfulness and sincerity as first principles.

The superior man is slow in his words and earnest in his conduct.

What you do not want done to yourself do not do to others.

Between friends frequent reproofs make the friendship distant.

To be able to practice five things everywhere under heaven constitutes perfect virtue. They are gravity generosity of soul sincerity earnestness and kindness.

I am not concerned that I have no place, I am concerned how I may fit myself for one; I am not concerned that I am not known, I seek to be worthy to be known

Gravity is only the bark of wisdom's tree, but it preserves it.

They must often change who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.

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