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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Look at the means which a man employs, consider his motives, observe his pleasures. A man simply cannot conceal himself!

He does not preach what he practices till he has practiced what he preaches.

The faults of a superior person are like the sun and moon. They have their faults and everyone sees them, they change and everyone looks up to them.

If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people.

Study the past if you would divine the future.

The firm, the enduring, the simple, and the modest are near to virtue.

You cannot prevent the birds of sadness from passing over your head, but you can prevent them from making nests in your hair.

He who cannot describe the problem will never find the solution to that problem.

Virtue is not left to stand alone. He who practices it will have neighbors.

The parents age must be remembered both for joy and anxiety.

Heaven means to be one with God.

Think no vice so small that you may commit it, and no virtue so small that you may over look it.

The man of wisdom has no perplexity, the man of humanity has no worry, the man of courage has no fear.

The cautious seldom err.

If you lead the people with correctness who will dare not be correct?

To know that you know and to know that you don't know - that is the real wisdom.

Ability will never catch up with the demand for it.

Virtue is more to man than either water or fire. I have seen men die from treading on water and fire but I have never seen a man die from treading the course of virtue.

We should feel sorrow but not sink under its oppression.

Without recognizing the ordinances of Heaven it is impossible to be a superior man.

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