Confucius Quotes

Let the states of equilibrium and harmony exist in perfection, and a happy order will prevail throughout heaven and earth, and all things will be nourished and flourish.

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There is nothing more visible than what is secret, and nothing more manifest than what is minute. Therefore the superior man is watchful over himself, when he is alone.

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Guide the people by law, subdue them by punishment; they may shun crime, but will be void of shame. Guide them by example, subdue them by courtesy; they will learn shame, and come to be good.

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A scholar who loves comfort is not worthy of the name.

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The silent treasuring up of knowledge; learning without satiety; and instructing others without being wearied: which one of these things belongs to me?

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The superior man is satisfied and composed; the mean man is always full of distress.

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When a country is well governed, poverty and a mean condition are things to be ashamed of. When a country is ill governed, riches and honor are things to be ashamed of.

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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.

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Silence is the true friend that never betrays.

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I have yet to meet a man as fond of high moral conduct as he is of outward appearances.

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Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.

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Ability will never catch up with the demand for it.

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An oppressive government is more to be feared than a tiger.

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The scholar does not consider gold and jade to be precious treasures, but loyalty and good faith.

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Humility is the solid foundation of all the virtues.

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

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