Confucius

c. 551 - c. 479 BC

A Quote by Confucius on constancy and good

A good man is not mine to see. Could I see a man possessed of constancy, that would satisfy me.

Confucius (c. 551 - c. 479 BC)

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A Quote by Confucius on ability, appreciation, failure, and trouble

It is not failure of others to appreciate your abilities that should trouble you, but rather your failure to appreciate theirs.

Confucius (c. 551 - c. 479 BC)

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A Quote by Confucius on balance, quiet, and water

Balance is the perfect state of still water. Let that be our model. It remains quiet within and is not disturbed on the surface.

Confucius (c. 551 - c. 479 BC)

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A Quote by Confucius on facts, faith, friendship, mistakes, and promises

First and foremost, be faithful to your superiors, keep all promises, refuse the friendship of all who are not like you; and if you have made a mistake, do not be afraid of admitting the fact and amending your ways.

Confucius (c. 551 - c. 479 BC)

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A Quote by Confucius on beauty

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Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it.

Confucius (c. 551 - c. 479 BC)

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A Quote by Confucius on principles, sincerity, and weakness

There are three sorts of friendships which are advantageous, and three which are injurious. Friendships with the upright, friendships with the sincere, and friendships with the well informed are advantageous. Friendships with those who flatter, friendships with those of weak principles, and friendships with those who talk cleverly are injurious.

Confucius (c. 551 - c. 479 BC)

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A Quote by Confucius on friendship, good, idleness, music, pleasure, and study

There are three sorts of pleasures which are advantageous, and three which are injurious. Finding pleasure in the discriminating study of ceremonies and music, finding pleasure in discussing the good points in the conduct of others, and finding pleasure in having many wise friends, these are advantageous. But finding pleasure in profligate enjoyments, finding pleasure in idle gadding about, and finding pleasure in feasting, these are injurious.

Confucius (c. 551 - c. 479 BC)

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A Quote by Confucius on faults, justice, and seriousness

Just as lavishness leads easily to presumption, so does frugality to meanness. But meanness is a far less serious fault than presumption.

Confucius (c. 551 - c. 479 BC)

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A Quote by Confucius on action and superiority

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

Confucius (c. 551 - c. 479 BC)

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A Quote by Confucius on business, country, labor, love, observation, people, promises, and war

A country of a thousand war-chariots cannot be administered unless the ruler attends strictly to business, punctually observes his promises, is economical in expenditure, loves the people, and uses the labor of the peasantry only at the proper times of year.

Confucius (c. 551 - c. 479 BC)

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