Confucius Principles

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Confucius was a Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher of the Spring and Autumn period of Chinese history.

“Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.”

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

“What the superior man seeks is in himself; what the small man seeks is in others.”

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

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

“When anger rises, think of the consequences.”

“When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals; adjust the action steps.”

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

“Fine words and an insinuating appearance are seldom associated with true virtue.”

“Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.”

“Men’s natures are alike, it is their habits that carry them far apart.”

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

“Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.”

“Hold faithfulness and sincerity as first principles.”

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

“Respect yourself and others will respect you.”

“Silence is a true friend who never betrays.”

“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.”

“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.”

“Study the past if you would define the future.”

“Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.”

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

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

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

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

“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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