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Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.

Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.

It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.

It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.

The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.

The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.

Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.

Wherever you go, go with all your heart.

Wherever you go, go with all your heart.

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.

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.

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

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

When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps. ---->>>

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

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

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

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

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.

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.

Silence is a true friend who never betrays. ---->>>

Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.

Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.

Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.

Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.

To know what you know and what you do not know, that is true knowledge.

To know what you know and what you do not know, that is true knowledge.

You cannot open a book without learning something.

You cannot open a book without learning something.

The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home.

The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home.

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

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

When anger rises, think of the consequences.

When anger rises, think of the consequences.

To practice five things under all circumstances constitutes perfect virtue; these five are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness. ---->>>

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

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.

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.

Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men.

Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men.

If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people.

If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people.

Study the past, if you would divine the future.

Study the past, if you would divine the future.

The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.

The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.

Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.

Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.

Without feelings of respect, what is there to distinguish men from beasts?

Without feelings of respect, what is there to distinguish men from beasts?

Never give a sword to a man who can't dance. ---->>>

The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large.

The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large.

Humility is the solid foundation of all virtues. ---->>>

A gentleman would be ashamed should his deeds not match his words. ---->>>

There are three methods to gaining wisdom. The first is reflection, which is the highest. The second is limitation, which is the easiest. The third is experience, which is the bitterest.

There are three methods to gaining wisdom. The first is reflection, which is the highest. The second is limitation, which is the easiest. The third is experience, which is the bitterest.

The superior man is distressed by the limitations of his ability; he is not distressed by the fact that men do not recognize the ability that he has.

The superior man is distressed by the limitations of his ability; he is not distressed by the fact that men do not recognize the ability that he has.

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

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

Old age, believe me, is a good and pleasant thing. It is true you are gently shouldered off the stage, but then you are given such a comfortable front stall as spectator.

Old age, believe me, is a good and pleasant thing. It is true you are gently shouldered off the stage, but then you are given such a comfortable front stall as spectator.

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

The cautious seldom err.

The cautious seldom err.

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

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

Never contract friendship with a man that is not better than thyself. ---->>>

We should feel sorrow, but not sink under its oppression.

We should feel sorrow, but not sink under its oppression.

I want you to be everything that's you, deep at the center of your being. ---->>>

Speak the truth, do not yield to anger; give, if thou art asked for little; by these three steps thou wilt go near the gods.

Speak the truth, do not yield to anger; give, if thou art asked for little; by these three steps thou wilt go near the gods.

It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them. ---->>>

The faults of a superior person are like the sun and moon. They have their faults, and everyone sees them; they change and everyone looks up to them. ---->>>

The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions. ---->>>

Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous.

Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous.

Do not impose on others what you yourself do not desire. ---->>>

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

If we don't know life, how can we know death?

If we don't know life, how can we know death?

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

What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others. ---->>>

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

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

I hear, I know. I see, I remember. I do, I understand.

I hear, I know. I see, I remember. I do, I understand.

To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it. ---->>>

Heaven means to be one with God.

Heaven means to be one with God.

When you are laboring for others let it be with the same zeal as if it were for yourself. ---->>>

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

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

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. ---->>>

Ability will never catch up with the demand for it. ---->>>

The object of the superior man is truth. ---->>>

Go before the people with your example, and be laborious in their affairs. ---->>>

If you look into your own heart, and you find nothing wrong there, what is there to worry about? What is there to fear?

If you look into your own heart, and you find nothing wrong there, what is there to worry about? What is there to fear?

When you know a thing, to hold that you know it, and when you do not know a thing, to allow that you do not know it - this is knowledge.

When you know a thing, to hold that you know it, and when you do not know a thing, to allow that you do not know it - this is knowledge.

Instead of being concerned that you have no office, be concerned to think how you may fit yourself for office. Instead of being concerned that you are not known, seek to be worthy of being known. ---->>>

To see what is right and not to do it is want of courage, or of principle.

To see what is right and not to do it is want of courage, or of principle.

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

They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.

They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.

To go beyond is as wrong as to fall short. ---->>>

To see and listen to the wicked is already the beginning of wickedness. ---->>>

The firm, the enduring, the simple, and the modest are near to virtue. ---->>>

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

I will not be concerned at other men's not knowing me; I will be concerned at my own want of ability. ---->>>

He who speaks without modesty will find it difficult to make his words good. ---->>>

Death and life have their determined appointments; riches and honors depend upon heaven.

Death and life have their determined appointments; riches and honors depend upon heaven.

The superior man makes the difficulty to be overcome his first interest; success only comes later. ---->>>

Virtue is not left to stand alone. He who practices it will have neighbors.

Virtue is not left to stand alone. He who practices it will have neighbors.

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.

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.

Biography

Name: Confucius
Nationality: Chinese
Born: 551 BC
Birthplace: Zou, Lu state (now Nanxinzhen, Qufu, Shandong, China)
Die: 479 BC
Occupation: Philosopher
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Confucius (; September 28, 551 BC – 479 BC) was a Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher of the Spring and Autumn period of Chinese history. The philosophy of Confucius emphasized personal and governmental morality, correctness of social relationships, justice and sincerity. His followers competed successfully with many other schools during the Hundred Schools of Thought era only to be suppressed in favor of the Legalists during the Qin Dynasty (wikipedia)