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Confucius Quotes

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551 BC - 479 BC
Nationality: Chinese
Category: Philosopher
Subcategory: Chinese Philosopher

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


An oppressive government is more to be feared than a tiger.


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


The object of the superior man is truth.


When we see persons of worth, we should think of equaling them; when we see persons of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.


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


Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.


You cannot open a book without learning something.


Silence is a true friend who never betrays.


He who learns but does not think, is lost! He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.


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


Look at the means which a man employs, consider his motives, observe his pleasures. A man simply cannot conceal himself!


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


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


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


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

    Topics: Courage

He who exercises government by means of his virtue may be compared to the north polar star, which keeps its place and all the stars turn towards it.


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


The cautious seldom err.


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


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