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Quotations by Confucius
ConfuciusTo study and not think - To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous.

The superior man examines his heart - The superior man examines his heart, that there may be nothing wrong there, and that he may have no cause for dissatisfaction with himself.

The superior man, when resting in safety - 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.

He who knows all the answers - He who knows all the answers has not been asked all the questions.

A ruler who governs by virtue - A ruler who governs his state by virtue is like the north polar star, which remains in its place while all the other stars revolve around it.

Follow righteousness as the standard - A superior man in dealing with the world is not for anything or against anything. He follows righteousness as the standard.

Three methods to learn wisdom - 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.

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

A journey of revenge - Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.

Hear and forget, see and remember - I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.

A fool for a minute - The man who asks a question is a fool for a minute, the man who does not ask is a fool for life.

Failure to appreciate others' abilities - It is not the failure of others to appreciate your abilities that should trouble you, but rather your failure to appreciate theirs.

To prefer the concealment of virtue - It is the way of the superior man to prefer the concealment of his virtue, while it daily becomes more illustrious, and it is the way of the mean man to seek notoriety, while he daily goes more and more to ruin.

Let our reason rule our conduct - Let our reason, and not our senses, be the rule of our conduct; for reason will teach us to think wisely, to speak prudently, and to behave worthily.