Confucius, The Confucian Analects

Chinese philosopher & reformer (551 BC - 479 BC)

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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.Rate 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.Rate it:
By nature, men are nearly alike; by practice, they get to be wide apart.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
Is virtue a thing remote? I wish to be virtuous, and lo! Virtue is at hand.Rate it:
Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
The superior man is satisfied and composed; the mean man is always full of distress.Rate it:
The superior man...does not set his mind either for anything, or against anything; what is right he will follow.Rate it:
What the superior man seeks is in himself. What the mean man seeks is in others.Rate it:
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.Rate it:
[The superior man] acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his actions.Rate it:

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