Confucius was a Chinese Philosopher, teacher, and politician. He is known for his wisdom. His teachings put emphasis on morality and social justice. He also edited many Chinese classic texts. Confucius quotes and sayings are regarded highly due to his wisdom and knowledge. Lets us read some of his inspirational quotes.


“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.”
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“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.”
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“Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.”
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“Behind every smile there’s teeth.”
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“By nature, men are nearly alike; by practice, they get to be wide apart.”
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“We have two lives, and the second begins when we realize we only have one.”
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“The Master said, “The gentleman understands what is right, whereas the petty man understands profit.”
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“If there is righteousness in the heart, there will be beauty in the character.
If there is beauty in the character, there will be harmony in the home.
If there is harmony in the home, there will be order in the nations.
When there is order in the nations, there will peace in the world.”
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“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”
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“He who knows all the answers has not been asked all the questions.”
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“If you make a mistake and do not correct it, this is called a mistake.”
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“No lake so still but it has its wave.
No circle so perfect but that it has its blur.
I would change things for you if I could; As I can’t you must take them as they are.”
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“If you look into your own heart, and you find nothing wrong there, what is there to worry about? What is there to fear?”
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“Knowledge is merely brilliance in organization of ideas and not wisdom. The truly wise person goes beyond knowledge.”
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“A common man marvels at uncommon things. A wise man marvels at the commonplace.”
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“The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell.”
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“Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.”
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“The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.”
Confucius, Confucius: The Analects

“The funniest people are the saddest ones.”
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“Settle one difficulty, and you keep a hundred away.”
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“If one should desire to know whether a kingdom is well governed, if its morals are good or bad, the quality of its music will furnish the answer.”
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“Ignorance is the night of the mind, but a night without moon or star.”
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“Fix your mind on truth, hold firm to virtue, rely on loving kindness, and find your recreation in the Arts.”
Confucius, The Analects

“He Who Knows And Knows That He Knows Is A Wise Man – Follow Him;
He Who Knows Not And Knows Not That He Knows Not Is A Fool – Shun Him”
Confucius, The Analects

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“Study the past if you would define the future.”
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“Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.”
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“To be wronged is nothing, unless you continue to remember it.”
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“You will never know how sharp a sword is unless it’s drawn from its sheath.”
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“Never contract friendship with a man that is not better than thyself.”
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“When the wind blows,the grass bends.”
Confucius, The Analects

“Learn as if you were not reaching your goal and as though you were scared of missing it.”
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“One joy dispels a hundred cares.”
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“Respect yourself and others will respect you.”
Confucius, Sayings of Confucius

“Silence is a true friend who never betrays.”
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“You cannot open a book without learning something.”
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“Be not ashamed of mistakes and thus make them crimes.”
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“A youth is to be regarded with respect. How do we know that his future will not be equal to our present?”
Confucius, The Life and Wisdom of Confucius

“The way of the superior person is threefold; virtuous, they are free from anxieties; wise they are free from perplexities; and bold they are free from fear.”
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“We take greater pains to persuade others that we are happy than in endeavoring to think so ourselves”
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“Faced with what is right, to leave it undone shows a lack of courage.”
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“When you see a good person, think of becoming like her/him. When you see someone not so good, reflect on your own weak points.”
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“Attack the evil that is within yourself, rather than attacking the evil that is in others.”
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“What the superior man seeks is in himself; what the small man seeks is in others.”
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“To be able under all circumstances to practice five things constitutes perfect virtue; these five things are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness and kindness.”
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“The superior man, when resting in safety, does not forget that danger may come. When in a state of security he does not forget the possibility of ruin. When all is orderly, he does not forget that disorder may come. Thus his person is not endangered, and his States and all their clans are preserved.”
Confucius, Confucian Analects, The Great Learning & The Doctrine of the Mean

“If you don’t want to do something,don’t impose on others.”
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“If there were one word that could act as a standard of conduct for one’s entire life, perhaps it would be ‘thoughtfulness.”
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“The scholar does not consider gold and jade to be precious treasures, but loyalty and good faith.”
Confucius, The Ethics of Confucius

famous Confucius quotes about fools“I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.”
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“Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.”
Confucius, The Book of Rites

“Lead the people with administrative injunctions and put them in their place with penal law, and they will avoid punishments but will be without a sense of shame. Lead them with excellence and put them in their place through roles and ritual practices, and in addition to developing a sense of shame, they will order themselves harmoniously.”
Confucius, The Analects

“The Essence of Knowledge is, having it, to use it.”
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“They must often change who would remain constant in happiness and wisdom.”
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“The green reed which bends in the wind is stronger than the mighty oak which breaks in a storm.”
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“I want you to be everything that’s you, deep at the center of your being.”
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“It is not the failure of others to appreciate your abilities that should trouble you, but rather your failure to appreciate theirs.”
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“The way out is through the door. Why is it that no one will use this method?”
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“The hardest thing of all is to find a black cat in a dark room, especially if there is no cat.”
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“Without feelings of respect, what is there to distinguish men from beasts?”
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“Ability will never catch up with the demand for it.”
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“He who will not economize will have to agonize.”
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“We should keep the dead before our eyes, and honor them as though still living.”
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“A man of humanity is one who, in seeking to establish himself, finds a foothold for others and who, in desiring attaining himself, helps others to attain.”
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“The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.”
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“Give a bowl of rice to a man and you will feed him for a day. Teach him how to grow his own rice and you will save his life.”
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“Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.”
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“He who conquers himself is the mightiest warrior.”
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“When a person should be spoken with, and you don’t speak with them, you lose them. When a person shouldn’t be spoken with and you speak to them, you waste your breath. The wise do not lose people, nor do they waste their breath.”
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“When you have faults, do not fear to abandon them.”
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“Virtue is never left to stand alone. He who has it will have neighbors.”
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“Don’t use cannon to kill mosquito.”
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“It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them.”
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“Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.”
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“And remember, no matter where you go, there you are.”
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“A man without a mustache is a man without a soul.”
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“People with virtue must speak out; People who speak are not all virtuous.”
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“I followed my heart without breaking any rules.”
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“Be strict with yourself but least reproachful of others and complaint is kept afar.”
Confucius, The Analects

“He who speaks without modesty will find it difficult to make his words good.”
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“Hold faithfulness and sincerity as first principles.”
Confucius, The Analects

“If what one has to say is not better than silence, then one should keep silent.”
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“Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses.”
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“Never tire to study. And to teach to others.”
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“The demands that good people make are upon themselves;Those that bad people make are upon others.”
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“The superior man has a dignified ease without pride. The mean man has pride without a dignified ease.”
Confucius, The Analects of Confucius

“He who flatters a man is his enemy. he who tells him of his faults is his maker.”
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“Looking at small advantages prevents great affairs from being accomplished.”
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“When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.”
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“Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.”
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“To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order; we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right.”
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“Humankind differs from the animals only by a little and most people throw that away.
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“If there were an honorable way to get rich, I’d do it, even if it meant being a stooge standing around with a whip. But there isn’t an honorable way, so I just do what I like.”
Confucius, Analects of Confucius

“If names be not correct, language is not in accordance with the truth of things.”
Confucius, The Analects of Confucius

“Not to discuss with a man worthy of conversation is to waste the man. To discuss with a man not worthy of conversation is to waste words. The wise waste neither men nor words.”
Confucius, The Analects

“To see and listen to the wicked is already the beginning of wickedness”
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“A lion chased me up a tree, and I greatly enjoyed the view from the top.”
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“Do unto others what you want done unto you.”
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“In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.”
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“The journey with a 1000 miles begins with one step.”
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“It is when those who are not strong enough have made some moderate amount of progress that they fail and give up…”
Confucius, The Wisdom Of Confucius

“Act with kindness but do not expect gratitude.”
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“A superior man in dealing with the world is not for anything or against anything. He follows righteousness as the standard.”
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“Your life is what your thoughts make it.”
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move mountains by carrying small stones
“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. ”
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“To see what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice.”
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“To be wealthy and honored in an unjust society is a disgrace.”
Confucius, The Analects

“Faithfulness and sincerity are the highest things.”
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“The scholar who cherishes the love of comfort is not fit to be deemed a scholar.”
Confucius, The Analects of Confucius
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“All people are the same; only their habits differ.”
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“The expectations of life depend upon diligence the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.”
Confucius, The Analects of Confucius

“Tsze-Kung asked, “Is there one word with which to act in accordance throughout a lifetime?” The Master said, “Is not reciprocity such a word? What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.”
Confucius, The Analects


“Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace.”
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“Time flows away like the water in the river.”
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“The superior man thinks always of virtue; the common man thinks of comfort.”
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“A man without persistence will never make a good shaman or a good physician.”
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“Writing cannot express all words, words cannot encompass all ideas.”
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“If either wealth or poverty are come by honesty, there is no shame.”
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“Things have their roots and branches. Affairs have their beginnings and their ends. To know what is first and what is last will lead one near the Way.”
Confucius, The Great Learning

“Anyone can find the switch after the lights are on.”
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“The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their proper name.”
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“Don’t complain about the snow on your neighbor’s roof when your own doorstep is unclean.”
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“When a wise man points at the moon the imbecile examines the finger.”
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“If I understand Change, I shall make no great mistake in Life.”
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“To be poor without murmuring is difficult. To be rich without being proud is easy.”
Confucius, The Analects of Confucius

“The cautious seldom err.”
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“Those who cannot forgive others break the bridge over which they themselves must pass.”
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“Care not for want of place; care for thy readiness to fill one. Care not for being unknown, but seek to be worthy of note.”
Confucius, Sayings of Confucius


“It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve; and bad things are very easy to get.”
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“Consideration for others is the basis of a good life, a good society.”
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“Without knowing the force of words, it is impossible to know more.”
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“Coarse rice to eat, water to drink, my bended arm for a pillow – therein is happiness. Wealth and rank attained through immoral means are nothing but drifting clouds.”
Confucius, The Analects

“As the water shapes itself to the vessel that contains it, so a wise man adapts himself to circumstances.”
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“I am not concerned that I am not known; I seek to be worthy to be known.”
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“Where words lose their meaning, people lose their lives.”
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“I am not an originator but a transmitter.”
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“The Master said, “A true gentleman is one who has set his heart upon the Way. A fellow who is ashamed merely of shabby clothing or modest meals is not even worth conversing with.”
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“Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous.”
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“Have no friends not equal to yourself.”
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“Return good for good; return evil with justice.”
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“To study and constantly, is this not a pleasure? To have friends come from far away places, is this not a joy? If people do not recognize your worth, but this does not worry you, are you not a true gentleman?”
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“If your desire is for good, the people will be good.”
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“If I am walking with two other men, each of them will serve as my teacher. I will pick out the good points of the one and imitate them, and the bad points of the other and correct them in myself.”
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“He who searches for evil, must first look at his own reflection.”
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“Never give a sword to a man who can’t dance.”
Confucius, The Analects

“The nobler sort of man emphasizes the good qualities in others, and does not accentuate the bad. The inferior does.”
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“The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.”
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“Without an acquaintance with the rules of propriety, it is impossible for the character to be established.”
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“I used to take on trust a man’s deeds after having listened to his words. Now having listened to a man’s words I go on to observe his deeds.”
Confucius, The Analects

“What can a man do with music who is not benevolent?”
Confucius, The Analects

“The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large.”
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“When we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.”
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“The Man who says he can, and the man who says he can not.. Are both correct.”
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“The Master said, “A true teacher is one who, keeping the past alive, is also able to understand the present.”
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“The noble-minded are calm and steady. Little people are forever fussing and fretting.”
Confucius, Analects of Confucius

“I want you to be everything that’s you, deep at the center of your being.”
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“Imagination is more important than knowledge.”
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“At fifteen my mind was directed to study, and at thirty I knew where to stand.”
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“Men do not stumble over mountains, but over molehills.”
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“No matter how busy you make think you are you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.”
Confucius, Confucius

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