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  Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it  
 -  Confucius
  

  The cautious seldom err.  
 -  Confucius
  

  Reviewing what you have learned and learning anew, you are fit to be a teacher.  
 -  Confucius
  

  Reward will follow every good deed. Only by doing good deeds can a man know the true joy of living and have a long life.  
 -  Confucius
  

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

  The superior man is firm in the right way, and not merely firm.  
 -  Confucius
  

  Failure is not an option.  
 -  Confucius
  

  He who conquers himself is the mightiest warrior.  
 -  Confucius
  

  The journey of a thousand miles begins with but a single step.  
 -  Confucius
  

  I have yet to meet a man as fond of high moral conduct as he is of outward appearances  
 -  Confucius
  

  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.  
 -  Confucius
  

  The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.  
 -  Confucius
  

  When you have faults, do not fear to abandon them  
 -  Confucius
  

  When music and courtesy are better understood and appreciated, there will be no war  
 -  Confucius
  

  Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without  
 -  Confucius
  

  Ignorance is the night of the mind, a night without moon or star  
 -  Confucius
  

  Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.  
 -  Confucius
  

  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.  
 -  Confucius
  

  The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large.  
 -  Confucius
  

  It is better to live in peace than in bitterness and strife.  
 -  Confucius
  

  In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.  
 -  Confucius
  

  He is the sort of man who forgets to eat when he tries to solve a problem that has been driving him to distraction, who is so of full of joy that he forgets his worries and who does not notice the onset of old age.   
 -  Confucius
  

  Old age, believe me, is a good and pleasant thing. It is true you are gently shouldered off the stage, but then you are given such a comfortable front stall as spectator.  
 -  Confucius
  

  Wherever you go, go with all your heart.  
 -  Confucius
  

  The way out is through the door. Why is it that no one will use this method?  
 -  Confucius
  

  Study the past if you would divine the future  
 -  Confucius
  

  Dont complain about the snow on your neighbor's roof when your own doorstep is unclean.  
 -  Confucius
  

  Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.  
 -  Confucius
  

  Hold faithfulness and sincerity as first principles.  
 -  Confucius
  

  It is not possible for one to teach others who cannot teach his own family.  
 -  Confucius
  

  Consideration for others is the basis of a good life, a good society.  
 -  Confucius
  

  If what one has to say is not better than silence, then one should keep silent.  
 -  Confucius
  

  The scholar who cherishes the love of comfort is not fit to be deemed a scholar.  
 -  Confucius
  

  If your plan is for one year - plant rice. If your plan is for ten years - plant trees. If your plan is for one hundred years - educate children.  
 -  Confucius
  

  To see what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice.  
 -  Confucius
  

  It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.  
 -  Confucius
  

  What the superior man seeks is in himself; what the small man seeks is in others.  
 -  Confucius
  

  The superior man is satisfied and composed; the mean man is always full of distress.  
 -  Confucius
  

  Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men.  
 -  Confucius
  

  The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell.  
 -  Confucius
  

  I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.  
 -  Confucius
  

  The superior man is distressed by the limitations of his ability; he is not distressed by the fact that men do not recognize the ability he has.  
 -  Confucius
  

  The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home.  
 -  Confucius
  

  To be able to practice five things everywhere under heaven constitutes perfect virtue. They are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness and kindness.  
 -  Confucius
  

  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.  
 -  Confucius
  

  Virtue is never left to stand alone. He who has it will have neighbors.  
 -  Confucius
  

  I am not concerned that I am not known, I seek to be worthy to be known.  
 -  Confucius
  

  Learning without reflection is a waste, reflection without learning is dangerous.  
 -  Confucius
  

  No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.  
 -  Confucius
  

  A man who has committed a mistake and doesnt correct it, he is committing another mistake.  
 -  Confucius
  

  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.  
 -  Confucius
  

  You can cheat an honest man but not make a fool out of him.  
 -  Confucius
  

  The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.  
 -  Confucius
  

  When a wise man points at the moon the imbecile examines the finger.  
 -  Confucius
  

  A lion chased me up a tree and I greatly enjoyed the view from the top.  
 -  Confucius
  

  Tsze-Kung asked, 'Is there one word which may serve as a rule of practice for all one's life?' The Master said, 'Is not Reciprocity such a word? What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others  
 -  Confucius
  

  Good people strengthen themselves ceaselessly.  
 -  Confucius
  

  Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure.  
 -  Confucius
  

  If a man takes no thought about what is distant, he will find sorrow near at hand.  
 -  Confucius
  

  We should feel sorrow, but not sink under its oppression.  
 -  Confucius
  

  What the superior man seeks is in himself. What the mean man seeks is in others.  
 -  Confucius
  

  The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.  
 -  Confucius
  

  They must often change who would remain constant in happiness and wisdom.  
 -  Confucius
  

  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.  
 -  Confucius
  

  Attack the evil that is within yourself, rather than attacking the evil that is in others.  
 -  Confucius
  

  Heaven means to be one with God.  
 -  Confucius
  

  When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, dont adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.  
 -  Confucius
  

  A man of humanity is one who, in seeking to establish himself, finds a foothold for others and who, in desiring attaining himself, helps others to attain.  
 -  Confucius
  

  Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.  
 -  Confucius
  

  Settle one difficulty, and you keep a hundred away.  
 -  Confucius
  

  Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses.  
 -  Confucius
  

  To be in one's own heart in kindly sympathy with all things; this is the nature of righteousness  
 -  Confucius
  

  The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.  
 -  Confucius
  

  When anger rises, think of the consequences.  
 -  Confucius
  

  Respect yourself and others will respect you.  
 -  Confucius
  

  A youth is to be regarded with respect. How do you know that his future will not be equal to our present?  
 -  Confucius
  

  Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.  
 -  Confucius
  

  The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.  
 -  Confucius
  

  He who knows all the answers has not been asked all the questions.  
 -  Confucius
  

  The man of wisdom is never of two minds; the man of benevolence never worries; the man of courage is never afraid.  
 -  Confucius
  

  Have no friends not equal to yourself.  
 -  Confucius
  

  Seek not every quality in one individual.  
 -  Confucius
  

  Do not impose on others what you yourself do not desire.  
 -  Confucius
  

  Give a bowl of rice to a man and you will feed him for a day. Teach him how to grow his own rice and you will save his life.  
 -  Confucius
  

  The man who asks a question is a fool for a minute, the man who does not ask is a fool for life.  
 -  Confucius
  

  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.  
 -  Confucius
  

  Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.  
 -  Confucius
  

  To love a thing means wanting it to live.  
 -  Confucius
  

  Love is the expression of simplicity in emotion, the unattainable longing that comes so unexpectedly, with great subtlety and bliss  
 -  Confucius
  

  Faced with what is right, to leave it undone shows a lack of courage.  
 -  Confucius
  

  Ability will never catch up with the demand for it.  
 -  Confucius
  

  It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them.  
 -  Confucius
  

  When you are laboring for others let it be with the same zeal as if it were for yourself.  
 -  Confucius
  

  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.  
 -  Confucius
  

  Silence is a friend who will never betray  
 -  Confucius
  

  When you meet someone better than yourself, turn your thoughts to becoming his equal. When you meet someone not as good as you are, look within and examine yourself.  
 -  Confucius
  

  Good friends are like stars.... You dont always see them, but you know they are always there  
 -  Confucius
  

  When anger rises, think of the consequences.  
 -  Confucius
  

  Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.  
 -  Confucius
  

  They must often change who would remain constant in happiness and wisdom.  
 -  Confucius
  

  The man who asks a question is a fool for a minute, the man who does not ask is a fool for life.  
 -  Confucius
  

  Give a bowl of rice to a man and you will feed him for a day. Teach him how to grow his own rice and you will save his life.  
 -  Confucius
  

  Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising every time we fail.  
 -  Confucius
  

  Have no friends not equal to yourself.  
 -  Confucius
  

  They must often change who would remain constant in happiness and wisdom.  
 -  Confucius
  

  You can cheat an honest man but not make a fool out of him.  
 -  Confucius
  

  Virtue is never left to stand alone. He who has it will have neighbors.  
 -  Confucius
  

  No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.  
 -  Confucius
  

  Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure.  
 -  Confucius
  

  When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.  
 -  Confucius
  

  When prosperity comes, do not use all of it.  
 -  Confucius
  

  Virtue is never left to stand alone. He who has it will have neighbors.  
 -  Confucius
  

  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.  
 -  Confucius
  

  The superior man is distressed by the limitations of his ability; he is not distressed by the fact that men do not recognize the ability he has.  
 -  Confucius
  

  Ability will never catch up with the demand for it.  
 -  Confucius
  

  You can cheat an honest man but not make a fool out of him.  
 -  Confucius
  

  To see what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice.  
 -  Confucius
  

  Study without reflection is a waste of time, reflection without study is dangerous.  
 -  Confucius
  

  When you are laboring for others let it be with the same zeal as if it were for yourself.  
 -  Confucius
  

  When you are laboring for others let it be with the same zeal as if it were for yourself.  
 -  Confucius
  

  I am not concerned that I am not known, I seek to be worthy to be known.  
 -  Confucius
  

  When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.  
 -  Confucius
  

  A lion chased me up a tree and I greatly enjoyed the view from the top.  
 -  Confucius
  

  If you make a mistake and do not correct it, this is called a mistake.  
 -  Confucius
  

  It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.  
 -  Confucius
  

  The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.  
 -  Confucius
  

  Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.  
 -  Confucius
  

  The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.  
 -  Confucius
  

  Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.  
 -  Confucius
  

  Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.  
 -  Confucius
  

  Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men.  
 -  Confucius
  

  Death and life have their determined appointments; riches and honours depend upon heaven.  
 -  Confucius
  

  Study the past if you would divine the future  
 -  Confucius
  

  A youth is to be regarded with respect. How do you know that his future will not be equal to our present?  
 -  Confucius
  

  To be able to practice five things everywhere under heaven constitutes perfect virtue. They are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness and kindness.  
 -  Confucius
  

  Ignorance is the night of the mind, a night without moon or star.  
 -  Confucius
  

  The essence of knowledge is, having it, to apply it; not having it, to confess your ignorance.  
 -  Confucius
  

  Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.  
 -  Confucius
  

  Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses.  
 -  Confucius
  

  Learning without reflection is a waste, reflection without learning is dangerous.  
 -  Confucius
  

  Be loyal and trustworthy. Do not befriend anyone who is lower than yourself in this regard. When making a mistake, do not be afraid to correct it.  
 -  Confucius
  

  In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.  
 -  Confucius
  

  Learning without reflection is a waste, reflection without learning is dangerous.  
 -  Confucius
  

  The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home.  
 -  Confucius
  

  Silence is a friend who will never betray.  
 -  Confucius
  

  Love is the expression of simplicity in emotion, the unattainable longing that comes so unexpectedly, with great subtlety and bliss.  
 -  Confucius
  

  Five things constitute perfect virtue: gravity, magnanimity, earnestness, sincerity and kindness.  
 -  Confucius
  

  Hold faithfulness and sincerity as first principles.  
 -  Confucius