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CONFUCIUS
Chinese philosopher
(c. 551 BC - 478 BC)
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A blemish may be removed from a diamond by careful polishing, but evil words once spoken cannot be effaced.
      - [Words]

A good man it is not mine to see; could I see a man possessed of constancy, that would satisfy me.
      - [Constancy]

A good man regards the root; he fixes the root, and ail else flows out of it. The root is filial piety; the fruit brotherly love.
      - [Piety]

A happy union with wife and child is like the music of lutes and harps.
      - [Wives]

A man exercising no forethought will soon experience present sorrow.
      - [Prudence]

A man who has committed a mistake and doesn't correct it is committing another mistake.
      - [Mistake]

A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.
      - [Speech]

Act with kindness, but do not expect gratitude.
      - [Kindness]

All men are born good.
      - [Goodness]

An oppressive government is more to be feared than a tiger.
      - [Oppression]

Between friends, frequent reproofs make the friendship distant.
      - [Friends]

By gaining the people, the kingdom is gained; by losing the people, the kingdom is lost.
      - [People]

By nature, men are nearly alike; by practice, they get to be wide apart.
      - [Similarity]

Charity is that rational and constant affection which makes us sacrifice ourselves to the human race, as if we were united with it, so as to form one individual, partaking equally in its adversity and prosperity.
      - [Charity]

Death and life have their determined appointments; riches and honors depend upon heaven.
      - [Death : Life]

Desire to have things done quickly prevents their being done thoroughly.
      - [Haste]

Do not impose on others what you yourself do not desire.
      - [Self]

Excess weakens the spirits.
      - [Excess]

Faithfulness and sincerity first of all.
      - [Sincerity]

For one word a man is often deemed to be wise, and for one word he is often deemed to be foolish. We ought to be careful indeed what we say.
      - [Words]

Gravity is only the bark of wisdom's tree but it preserves it.
      - [Gravity]

Have no friends not equal to yourself.
      - [Friends]

He is the truly courageous man who never desponds.
      - [Despair]

He who knows right principles is not equal to him who loves them.
      - [Principles]

He who rules by moral force is like the pole star, which remains in place while all the lesser stars do homage to it.
      - [Authority]


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