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Confucius (551 BC - 479 BC)
Chinese philosopher & reformer [more author details]
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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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Confucius, The Confucian Analects
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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The people may be made to follow a path of action, but they may not be made to understand it.
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The scholar who cherishes the love of comfort is not fit to be deemed a scholar.
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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.
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The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.
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The superior man is satisfied and composed; the mean man is always full of distress.
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The superior man...does not set his mind either for anything, or against anything; what is right he will follow.
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There are three things which the superior man guards against. In youth...lust. When he is strong...quarrelsomeness. When he is old...covetousness.
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Things that are done, it is needless to speak about...things that are past, it is needless to blame.
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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.
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To go beyond is as wrong as to fall short.
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