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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No matter how busy you may think you are you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.

The object of the superior man is truth.

A superior man is modest in his speech but exceeds in his actions.

There was a man from Sung who pulled at his rice plants because he was worried about their failure to grow.

What the superior person seeks is in themselves. What the mean person seeks is in others.

When you have faults do not fear to abandon them.

I saw some piglets suckling their dead mother. After a short while they shuddered and went away. They had sensed that she could no longer see them and that she wasn't like them any more. What they loved in their mother wasn't her body but whatever it was that made her body live.

Every truth has four corners: as a teacher I give you one corner and it is for you to find the other three.

People with virtue must speak out, People who speak are not all virtuous.

Is there any one maxim which ought to be acted upon throughout one's whole life? Surely the maxim of loving kindness is such: Do not unto others what you would not they should do unto you.

The superior man will watch over himself when he is alone. He examines his heart that there may be nothing wrong there and that he may have no cause of dissatisfaction with himself.

Those who know the truth are not equal to those who love it.

When anger rises think of the consequences.

Old age, believe me, is a good and pleasant thing. It is true you are gently shouldered off the stage, but then you are given such a comfortable front stall as spectator.

All people are the same only their habits change.

The superior man is distressed by the limitations of his ability, he is not distressed by the fact that men do not recognize the ability that he has.

Never use a cannon to kill a fly.

The perfecting of one's self is the fundamental base of all progress and all moral development.

If many years were added to my life I would give fifty to the study of the Book of Changes and might thereby manage to avoid great mistakes.

It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them.

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