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The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.

Confucius (551-479 BC) Chinese philosopher [Ku'ng Ch'iu / King Qiu, Ku'ng Fu-tzu / Kong Fuzi]
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When anger rises, think of the consequences.

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By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.

Confucius (551-479 BC) Chinese philosopher [Ku'ng Ch'iu / King Qiu, Ku'ng Fu-tzu / Kong Fuzi]
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It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.

Confucius (551-479 BC) Chinese philosopher [Ku'ng Ch'iu / King Qiu, Ku'ng Fu-tzu / Kong Fuzi]
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The superior man goes through his life without any one preconceived course of action or taboo. He merely decides for the moment what is the right thing to do.

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When you see a good man, try to emulate his example, and when you see a bad man, search yourself for his faults.

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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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Trickling water, if not stopped, will become a mighty river.

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If you don’t know how to serve men, why worry about serving the gods?

Confucius (551-479 BC) Chinese philosopher [Ku'ng Ch'iu / King Qiu, Ku'ng Fu-tzu / Kong Fuzi]
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Better than the one who knows what is right is he who loves what is right.

Confucius (551-479 BC) Chinese philosopher [Ku'ng Ch'iu / King Qiu, Ku'ng Fu-tzu / Kong Fuzi]
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The superior man seeks what is right; the inferior one, what is profitable.

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

Confucius (551-479 BC) Chinese philosopher [Ku'ng Ch'iu / King Qiu, Ku'ng Fu-tzu / Kong Fuzi]
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In The Best of Confucius [tr. James R. Ware (1950)].
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Observe a man’s actions; scrutinize his motives; take note of the things that give him pleasure. How, then, can he hide from you what he really is?

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Confucius (551-479 BC) Chinese philosopher [Ku'ng Ch'iu / King Qiu, Ku'ng Fu-tzu / Kong Fuzi]
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Attributed in Brian Brown, The Wisdom of the Chinese: Their Philosophy in Sayings and Proverbs (1920).
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The greatest glory is not in never failing but in rising up every time we fall.

Confucius (551-479 BC) Chinese philosopher [Ku'ng Ch'iu / King Qiu, Ku'ng Fu-tzu / Kong Fuzi]
Analects
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To see what is right and not to do it is want of courage.

Confucius (551-479 BC) Chinese philosopher [Ku'ng Ch'iu / King Qiu, Ku'ng Fu-tzu / Kong Fuzi]
Analects, 2.24 [tr.J. Legge (1930)]
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A man should say, … “I am not concerned that I am not known, I seek to be worthy to be known.”

Confucius (551-479 BC) Chinese philosopher [Ku'ng Ch'iu / King Qiu, Ku'ng Fu-tzu / Kong Fuzi]
Analects, 4.14 [tr.Legge (1930)]
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What you do not want done to yourself do not do to others.

Confucius (551-479 BC) Chinese philosopher [Ku'ng Ch'iu / King Qiu, Ku'ng Fu-tzu / Kong Fuzi]
Analects, ch. 15, v. 23 [tr. Legge (1930)]

Alt. trans. "Do not do to others what you do not want them to do to you." See also the Bible, Matthew 7:12.
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Straightforwardness, without the rules of propriety, beomces rudeness.

Confucius (551-479 BC) Chinese philosopher [Ku'ng Ch'iu / King Qiu, Ku'ng Fu-tzu / Kong Fuzi]
Confucian Analects, 8.2 [tr. Legge (1930)]
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When things are investigated, then true knowledge is achieved; when true knowledge is achieved, then the will becomes sincere; when the will is sincere, then the heart is set right; when the heart is set right, then the personal life is cultivated; when the personal life is cultivated, then the family life is regulated; when the family life is regulated, then the national life is orderly; and when the national life is orderly, then there is peace in this world.

Confucius (551-479 BC) Chinese philosopher [Ku'ng Ch'iu / King Qiu, Ku'ng Fu-tzu / Kong Fuzi]
Liki [Record of Rites], ch. 42
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Only the supremely wise and the abysmally ignorant do not change.

Confucius (551-479 BC) Chinese philosopher [Ku'ng Ch'iu / King Qiu, Ku'ng Fu-tzu / Kong Fuzi]
Lun Yu

Alt. trans.: "It is only the supremely wise or the deeply ignorant who never alter." [In Sir Gilbert Parker, The Weavers (1907)]
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What is called a great minister is one who serves his prince according to what is right; and when he finds he cannot do so, retires.

Confucius (551-479 BC) Chinese philosopher [Ku'ng Ch'iu / King Qiu, Ku'ng Fu-tzu / Kong Fuzi]
Lun Yu, 11.23

tr. James Legge, 1930
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To see what is right and not to do it is want of courage.

Confucius (551-479 BC) Chinese philosopher [Ku'ng Ch'iu / King Qiu, Ku'ng Fu-tzu / Kong Fuzi]
Lun Yu, II, xxv
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