Confucius
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"Confucius" was a China/Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and Chinese philosophy/philosopher of the Spring and Autumn period of History of China/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 Legalism (Chinese philosophy)/Legalists during the Qin Dynasty. Following the victory of Han dynasty/Han over Chu-Han Contention/Chu after the collapse of Qin, Confucius's thoughts received official sanction and were further developed into a system known as Confucianism.

Confucius is traditionally credited with having authored or edited many of the Chinese classic texts including all of the Five Classics, but modern scholars are cautious of attributing specific assertions to Confucius himself. Aphorisms concerning his teachings were compiled in the Analects of Confucius/Analects, but only many years after his death.

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

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

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If a man withdraws his mind from the love of beauty, and applies it as sincerely to the love of the virtuous; if, in serving his parents, he can exert his utmost strength; if, in serving his prince, he can devote his life; if in his intercourse with his friends, his words are sincere - although men say that he has not learned, I will certainly say that he has.

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While you are not able to serve men, how can you serve spirits [of the dead]?...While you do not know life, how can you know about death?

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It is better to play than do nothing.

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It is only the benevolent man who is capable of liking or disliking other men.

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When you see a good man, try to emulate his example, and when you see a bad man, search yourself for his faults.

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He who will not economize will have to agonize.

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I have not seen a person who loved virtue, or one who hated what was not virtuous. He who loved virtue would esteem nothing above it.

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

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The scholar who cherishes the love of comfort is not fit to be deemed a scholar.

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

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

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If a man remembers what is right at the sign of profit, is ready to lay down his life in the face of danger, and does not forget sentiments he has repeated all his life when he has been in straitened circumstances for a long time, he may be said to be a complete man.

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There are three things which the superior man guards against. In youth...lust. When he is strong...quarrelsomeness. When he is old...covetousness.

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While the gentleman cherishes benign rule, the small man cherishes his native land. While the gentleman cherishes a respect for the law, the small man cherishes generous treatment.

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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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Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it.

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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.

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