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Confucius (551–479 BC) was a Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher.

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A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.


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Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.


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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.


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Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.


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In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.


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It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve; and bad things are very easy to get.


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The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell.


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Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.


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When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.


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Everything has beauty, but not everyone can see.


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


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Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.


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The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.


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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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Silence is a true friend who never betrays.


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I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.


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If I am walking with two other men, each of them will serve as my teacher. I will pick out the good points of the one and imitate them, and the bad points of the other and correct them in myself.


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He who learns but does not think, is lost! He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.


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Without feelings of respect, what is there to distinguish men from beasts?


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The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large.


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Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men.


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Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure.


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If you look into your own heart, and you find nothing wrong there, what is there to worry about? What is there to fear?


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


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Do not impose on others what you yourself do not desire.

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