Confucius

c. 551 - c. 479 BC

A Quote by Confucius on good, laws, men, nature, poverty, and suffering

One who is by nature daring and is suffering from poverty will not long be law-abiding. Indeed, any men, save those that are truly good, if their sufferings are very great, will be likely to rebel.

Confucius (c. 551 - c. 479 BC)

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A Quote by Confucius

The rich fool is like a pig that is choked by its own fat.

Confucius (c. 551 - c. 479 BC)

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A Quote by Confucius on poetry and words

A picture is a poem without words.

Confucius (c. 551 - c. 479 BC)

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A Quote by Confucius on arrogance

It is harder to be poor without murmuring than to be rich without arrogance.

Confucius (c. 551 - c. 479 BC)

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A Quote by Confucius on good and justice

The gentleman calls attention to the good points in others; he does not call attention to their defects. The small man does just the reverse of this.

Confucius (c. 551 - c. 479 BC)

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A Quote by Confucius on country, poverty, and wealth

In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of . In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.

Confucius (c. 551 - c. 479 BC)

Source: Analects, VIII, c. 500 B.C.

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A Quote by Confucius on generosity, heaven, kindness, practice, sincerity, soul, and virtue

To be able to practice five things everywhere under heaven constitutes perfect virtue: gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness.

Confucius (c. 551 - c. 479 BC)

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A Quote by Confucius on direction, ideas, perfection, stability, and struggle

It is true that we shall not be able to reach perfection, but in our struggle toward it we shall strengthen our characters and give stability to our ideas, so that, whilst ever advancing calmly in the same direction, we shall b e rendered capable of applying the faculties with which we have been gifted to the best possible account.

Confucius (c. 551 - c. 479 BC)

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A Quote by Confucius

The cautious seldom err.

Confucius (c. 551 - c. 479 BC)

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A Quote by Confucius on anger, anxiety, consequences, doubt, duty, good, inferiority, opportunity, and speech

The nobler sort of man emphasizes the good qualities in others, and does not accentuate the bad. The inferior does the reverse. . . . The nobler sort of man pays special attention to nine points. He is anxious to see clearly, to hear distinctly, to be kindly in his looks, respectful in his demeanor, conscientious in his speech, earnest in his affairs. When in doubt, he is careful to inquire; when in anger, he thinks of the consequences; when offered an opportunity for gain, he thinks only of his duty.

Confucius (c. 551 - c. 479 BC)

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