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Famous quotes from Confucius



If a man keeps cherishing his old knowledge, so as continually to be acquiring new, he may be a teacher of others.



Of all people, girls and servants are the most difficult to behave to. If you are familiar with them, they lose their humility. If you maintain a reserve towards them, they are discontented.



At fifteen I set my heart upon learning. At thirty, I planted my feet firm upon the ground. At forty, I no longer suffered from perplexities. At fifty, I knew what were the biddings of Heaven. At sixty, I heard them with docile ear. At seventy, I could follow the dictates of my own heart; for what I desired no longer overstepped the boundaries of right.



I will not be afflicted at men's not knowing me; I will be afflicted that I do not know men.



A craftsman who wishes to do his work well must first sharpen his tools.



The superior man wishes to be slow in his speech and earnest in his conduct.



The superior man seeks to perfect the admirable qualities of men, and does not seek to perfect their bad qualities. The mean man does the opposite of this.



Those whose courses are different cannot lay plans for one another.



By nature, men are nearly alike; by practice, they get to be wide apart.



Not to mend the fault one has made is to err indeed.



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



Keep what you say and carry out what you do.



Is it not delightful to have friends coming from distant quarters?



Is he not a man of complete virtue, who feels no discomposure though men may take no note of him?



It passes on just like this, not ceasing day or night!



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



The wise find pleasure in water; the virtuous find pleasure in hills. The wise are active; the virtuous are tranquil. The wise are joyful; the virtuous are long-lived.



Look not at what is contrary to propriety; listen not to what is contrary to propriety; speak not what is contrary to propriety; make no movement which is contrary to propriety.



When it comes to benevolence, one need not give precedence even to his teacher.



Is it not pleasant to learn with a constant perseverance and application?



He was of an active nature and yet fond of learning, and he was not ashamed to ask and learn of his inferiors.



When I walk along with two others, they may serve me as my teachers. I will select their good qualities and follow them, their bad qualities and avoid them.


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