Confucius Quotes

Learning without thought is labor lost; and thought without learning is perilous.

Confucius

The man who in view of gain thinks of righteousness; who in the view of danger is prepared to give up his life; and who does not forget an old agreement however far back it extends - such a man may be reckoned a complete man.

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

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It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.

Confucius

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

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The superior man makes the difficulty to be overcome his first interest; success only comes later.

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In archery we have something like the way of the superior man. When the archer misses the center of the target, he turns round and seeks for the cause of his failure in himself.

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The superior man accords with the course of the Mean. Though he may be all unknown, unregarded by the world, he feels no regret It is only the sage who is able for this.

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There is no body but eats and drinks. But they are few who can distinguish flavors.

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Perfect is the virtue which is according to the Mean! Rare have they long been among the people, who could practice it!

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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.

Confucius

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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