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Confucius (551 BC - 479 BC)
Chinese philosopher & reformer [more author details]
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They must often change who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.
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Confucius, Analects
By nature, men are nearly alike; by practice, they get to be wide apart.
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Fine words and an insinuating appearance are seldom associated with true virtue.
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Have no friends not equal to yourself.
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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.
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He who speaks without modesty will find it difficult to make his words good.
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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.
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Hold faithfulness and sincerity as first principles.
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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.
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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.
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If a man takes no thought about what is distant, he will find sorrow near at hand.
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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.
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Is virtue a thing remote? I wish to be virtuous, and lo! Virtue is at hand.
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Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous.
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Recompense injury with justice, and recompense kindness with kindness.
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The cautious seldom err.
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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.
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The firm, the enduring, the simple, and the modest are near to virtue.
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The man of virtue makes the difficulty to be overcome his first business, and success only a subsequent consideration.
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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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