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Confucius (September 28, 551 – 479 BC) was a famous Chinese thinker and social philosopher, whose teachings and philosophy have deeply influenced East Asian life and thought.

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

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.
A man who has committed a mistake and doesn't correct it is committing another mistake.
Silence is the true friend that never betrays.
Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.
To love a thing means wanting it to live.
Chose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.
To know is to know that you know nothing. That is the meaning of true knowledge.
I want you to be everything that's you, deep at the center of your being.
He who conquers himself is the mightiest warrior.
What you do not want others to do to you, do not do to others.
To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it.
Life is really simple, but men insist on making it complicated.
The perfecting of one's self is the fundamental base of all progress and all moral development.
Faithfulness and sincerity are the highest things.
It is better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness.
He who wishes to secure the good of others has already secured his own.
The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home.
The superior man is modest in his speech but exceeds in his actions.
The superior man acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his action.
Learn as though you would never be able to master it; hold it as though you would be in fear of losing it.
I am not concerned that I am not known, I seek to be worthy to be known.
The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.
The real fault is to have faults and not amend them.
To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must cultivate our personal life; and to cultivate our personal life, we must first set our hearts right.
When anger rises, think of the consequences.
It is not possible for one to teach others who cannot teach his own family.
To go too far is as bad as to fall short.
Only the wisest and the stupidest of men never change.
Mankind differs from the animals only by a little and most people throw that away.
Have no friends not equal to yourself.
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.
Worry not that no one knows of you; seek to be worth knowing.
Ignorance is the night of the mind, but a night without moon or star.
The father who does not teach his son his duties is equally guilty with the son who neglects them.
Can there be a love which does not make demands on its object?
To see what is right, and not do it, is want of courage, or of principle.
A man who does not think and plan long ahead will find trouble right at his door.
When prosperity comes, do not use all of it.
The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell.
The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large.
The essence of knowledge is, having it, to apply it; not having it, to confess your ignorance.
Man who stand on hill with mouth open will wait long time for roast duck to drop in.
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.
When we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.
The way of the superior person is threefold; virtuous, they are free from anxieties; wise, they are free from perplexities; and bold, they are free from fear.
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.
We take greater pains to persuade others we are happy than in trying to think so ourselves.
A fool despises good counsel, but a wise man takes it to heart.
To know what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice.
It is man that makes truth great, not truth that makes man great.
Consideration for others is the basic of a good life, a good society.
Without feelings of respect, what is there to distinguish men from beasts?
If you lead the people with correctness, who will dare not be correct?
Love thy neighbor as thyself: Do not to others what thou wouldn't not wish be done to thyself: Forgive injuries. Forgive thy enemy, be reconciled to him, give him assistance, invoke God in his behalf.
Learning without thought is labor lost. Thought without learning is perilous.
In a country well governed poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed wealth is something to be ashamed of.
What the superior person seeks is in themselves. What the mean person seeks is in others.
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.
Recompense injury with justice, and recompense kindness with kindness.