Confucius

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Born 551 B.C., died 479 B.C.

Professions: Editor, Philosopher, Politician

Nationality: Chinese

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The superior man makes the difficulty to be overcome his first interest; success only comes later.

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The book salesman should be honored because he brings to our attention, as a rule, the very books we need most and neglect most.

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

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

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To go beyond is as wrong as to fall short.

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The object of the superior man is truth.

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There are three methods to gaining wisdom. The first is reflection, which is the highest. The second is limitation, which is the easiest. The third is experience, which is the bitterest.

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Go before the people with your example, and be laborious in their affairs.

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Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous.

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Virtuous people often revenge themselves for the constraints to which they submit by the boredom which they inspire.

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The superior man thinks always of virtue; the common man thinks of comfort.

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To see the right and not to do it is cowardice.

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The cautious seldom err.

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

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The firm, the enduring, the simple, and the modest are near to virtue.

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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 that he has.

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The superior man acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his action.

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Virtue is not left to stand alone. He who practices it will have neighbors.

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Never contract friendship with a man that is not better than thyself.

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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.

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