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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Don't complain about the snow on your neighbor's roof when your own doorstep is unclean.

They must change who would be constant in happiness and wisdom.

Go before the people with your example and be laborious in their affairs.

Sincerity and truth are the basis of every virtue.

Wealth and rank are what people desire but unless they are obtained in the right way they may not be possessed.

To put the world in order we must first put the nation in order, to put the nation in order we must put the family in order, to put the family in order we must cultivate our personal life, and to cultivate our personal life we must first set our hearts right.

Death and life have their determined appointments, riches and honors depend upon heaven.

When we see men of a contrary character we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.

Never give a sword to a man who can't dance.

To know what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice.

A man who does not plan long ahead will find trouble right at his door.

To lead an uninstructed people to war is to throw them away.

A youth is to be regarded with respect. How do you know that his future will not be equal to our present?

The wheel of fortune turns round incessantly, and who can say to himself "I shall today be uppermost".

The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home.

May you be born in an important time.

A fool despises good counsel but a wise man takes it to heart.

Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.

To know is to know that you know nothing. That is the meaning of true knowledge.

Tsze-Kung asked "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".

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