Confucius

Chinese philosopher whose ideas and sayings were collected after his death and became the basis of a philosophical doctrine known a Confucianism (circa 551-478 BC)

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Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.
I do not want a friend Who smiles when I smile Who weeps when I weep For my shadow in the pool Can do better than that.
It does not matter how slowly you go so long as you do not stop.
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.
He who wishes to secure the good of others has already secured his own.
I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.
I hear and I forget.
I see and I believe.
I do and I understand.
Be not ashamed of mistakes and thus make them crimes.
Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it.
Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses.
He who speaks without modesty will find it difficult to make his words good.
If a man takes no thought about what is distant, he will find sorrow near at hand.
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.
It does not matter how slowly you go, so long as you do not stop.
Silence is the true friend that never betrays.
The essence of knowledge is, having it, to apply it not having it, to confess your ignorance.
The superior man acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his actions.
The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.
The superior man is modest in his speech, but excels in his actions.
The superior man is satisfied and composed the mean man is always full of distress.
To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it.
When you know a thing, to hold that you know it and when you do not know a thing, to allow that you do not know it - this is knowledge.
Do not use a cannon to kill a mosquito.
Fine words and an insinuating appearance are seldom associated with true virtue.
Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.
A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.
Silence is a friend who will never betray.
Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
Men's natures are alike, it is their habits that carry them far apart.
To know that one knows what one knows, and to know that one doesn't know what one doesn't know, there lies true wisdom.
What the superior man seeks is in himself what the small man seeks is in others.
By nature, men are nearly alike by practice, they get to be wide apart.
Have no friends not equal to yourself.
Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.
With coarse rice to eat, with water to drink, and my bended arm for a pillow - I have still joy in the midst of these things. Riches and honors acquired by unrighteousness are to me as a floating cloud.
Ignorance is the night of the mind, but a night without moon and star.
Study the past if you would define the future.
While you are not able to serve men, how can you serve spirits of the dead...While you do not know life, how can you know about death
When anger rises, think of the consequences.
Respect yourself and others will respect you.
He with whom neither slander that gradually soaks into the mind, nor statements that startle like a wound in the flesh, are successful may be called intelligent indeed.
A man who does not plan long ahead will find trouble right at his door.
Hold faithfulness and sincerity as first principles.
Learning without thought is labor lost thought without learning is perilous.
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.
Do not be desirous of having things done quickly. Do not look at small advantages. Desire to have things done quickly prevents their being done thoroughly. Looking at small advantages prevents great affairs from being accomplished.
Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.
He does not preach what he practices till he has practiced what he preaches.
He who exercises government by means of his virtue may be compared to the north polar star, which keeps its place and all the stars turn towards it.
He who learns but does not think, is lost He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.
He who learns but does not think, is lost! He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.
He who merely knows right principles is not equal to him who loves them.
He who will not economize will have to agonize.
Heaven means to be one with God.
I am not one who was born in the possession of knowledge I am one who is fond of antiquity, and earnest in seeking it there.
I have not seen a person who loved virtue, or one who hated what was not virtuous. He who loved virtue would esteem nothing above it.
If a man take no thought about what is distant, he will find sorrow near at hand
If a man withdraws his mind from the love of beauty, and applies it as sincerely to the love of the virtuous if, in serving his parents, he can exert his utmost strength if, in serving his prince, he can devote his life if in his intercourse with his friends, his words are sincere - although men say that he has not learned, I will certainly say that he has.
If language is not correct, then what is said is not what is meant; if what is said is not what is meant, then what must be done remains undone; if this remains undone, morals and art will deteriorate; if justice goes astray, the people will stand about in helpless confusion. Hence there must be no arbitrariness in what is said. This matters above everything.
If we don't know life, how can we know death
If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people.
Is virtue a thing remote I wish to be virtuous, and lo Virtue is at hand.
It is man that makes truth great, not truth that makes man great.
It is not possible for one to teach others who cannot teach his own family.
It is only the wisest and the stupidest that cannot change.
Learn as though you would never be able to master it; hold it as though you would be in fear of losing it.
Looking at small advantages prevents great affairs from being accomplished.
Man who stand on hill with mouth open will wait long time for roast duck to drop in.
Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.
Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall.
Recompense injury with justice, and recompense kindness with kindness.
The cautious seldom err.
The determined scholar and the man of virtue will not seek to live at the expense of injuring their virtue. They will even sacrifice their lives to preserve their virtue complete.
The essence of knowledge is, having it, to apply it; not having it, to confess your ignorance.
The expectations of life depend upon diligence the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.
The faults of a superior person are like the sun and moon. They have their faults, and everyone sees them; they change and everyone looks up to them.
The firm, the enduring, the simple, and the modest are near to virtue.
The man of virtue makes the difficulty to be overcome his first business, and success only a subsequent consideration.
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.
The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.
The object of the superior man is truth.
The people may be made to follow a path of action, but they may not be made to understand it.
The perfecting of one's self is the fundamental base of all progress and all moral development.
The scholar who cherishes the love of comfort is not fit to be deemed a scholar.
The superior man acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his action.
The superior man cannot be known in little matters, but he may be entrusted with great concerns. The small man may not be entrusted with great concerns, but he may be known in little matters.
The superior man is modest in his speech but exceeds in his actions.
The superior man makes the difficulty to be overcome his first interest success only comes later.
The superior man, when resting in safety, does not forget that danger may come. When in a state of security he does not forget the possibility of ruin. When all is orderly, he does not forget that disorder may come. Thus his person is not endangered, and his States and all their clans are preserved.
The superior man...does not set his mind either for anything, or against anything what is right he will follow.
The wheel of fortune turns round incessantly, and who can say to himself, I shall to-day be uppermost.
There are three things to beware of through life: when a man is young, let him beware of his appetites; when he is middle-aged, of his passions; and when old, of covetousness, especially.
There are three things which the superior man guards against. In youth...lust. When he is strong...quarrelsomeness. When he is old...covetousness.
They must change who would be constant in happiness and wisdom.
They must often change who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.
Things that are done, it is needless to speak about...things that are past, it is needless to blame.
To be able to practice five things everywhere under heaven constitutes perfect virtue...They are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness.
To be able under all circumstances to practice five things constitutes perfect virtue; these five things are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness and kindness.
To be fond of learning is near to wisdom; to practice with vigor is near to benevolence; and to be conscious of shame is near to fortitude. He who knows these three things
To go beyond is as wrong as to fall short.
To govern is to correct. If you set an example by being correct, who would dare remain incorrect?
To see what is right, and not do it, is want of courage, or of principle.
To see what is right, and not to do it, is want of courage or of principle.
Virtue is more to man than either water or fire. I have seen men die from treading on water and fire, but I have never seen a man die from treading the course of virtue.
Virtue is not left to stand alone. He who practices it will have neighbors.
We take greater pains to persuade others that we are happy than in endeavoring to think so ourselves.
Wealth and rank are what people desire, but unless they be obtained in the right way they may not be possessed.
What is the sound of one hand clapping
What the superior man seeks is in himself; what the small man seeks is in others.
What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.
When a man's knowledge is sufficient to attain, and his virtue is not sufficient to enable him to hold, whatever he may have gained, he will lose again.
When we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.
When we see men of worth, we should think of equaling them when we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.
When you have faults, do not fear to abandon them.
Without an acquaintance with the rules of propriety, it is impossible for the character to be established.
Without knowing the force of words, it is impossible to know men.

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