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551-479 BC ,  Chinese teacher & philosopher
ConfuciusChinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher of the Spring and Autumn period of Chinese history.

Confucius is credited with having authored or edited many of the Chinese classic texts including all of the Five Classics, but modern scholars are cautious of attributing specific assertions to Confucius himself. Aphorisms concerning his teachings were compiled in the Analects, but only many years after his death.

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I am not bothered by the fact that I am not understood. I am bothered when I do not understand others.

Do not do to others what you do not want done to yourself.

To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous.

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

The Superior Man is aware of righteousness, the inferior man is aware of advantage.

When a country is well governed, poverty and a mean condition are things to be ashamed of. When a country is ill governed, riches and honor are things to be ashamed of.

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

A man living without conflicts, as if he never lives at all.

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

In all things success depends on previous preparation, and without such previous preparation there is sure to be failure.

Men do not stumble over mountains, but over molehills.

To know that we know what we know, and that we do not know what we do not know, that is true knowledge.

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

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.

Wherever you go, go with all your heart.

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.

Silence is a true friend who never betrays.

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

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

Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses.

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.

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

To be wealthy and honored in an unjust society is a disgrace.

The man who says he can, and the man who says he can not are both correct.

Behind every smile there's teeth.

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

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


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