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

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When you have faults, do not fear to abandon them.

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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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I am not one who was born in the possession of knowledge; I am one who is fond of antiquity, and earnest in seeking it there.

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

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

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He who will not economize will have to agonize.

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Do not be desirous of having things done quickly. Do not look at small advantages. Desire to have things done quickly prevents their being done thoroughly. Looking at small advantages prevents great affairs from being accomplished.

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

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Tsze-Kung asked, saying, 'Is there one word which may serve as a rule of practice for all one's life?' The Master said, 'Is not Reciprocity such a word? What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.'

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

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Study the past if you would define the future.

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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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Without an acquaintance with the rules of propriety, it is impossible for the character to be established.

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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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Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses.

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Have no friends not equal to yourself.

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The people may be made to follow a path of action, but they may not be made to understand 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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It is not possible for one to teach others who cannot teach his own family.

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