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The commander of the forces of a large State may be carried off, but the will of even a common man cannot be taken from him.

Will Quotes, by Confucius , Source: Analects (bk. IX, ch. XXV)

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The essence of knowledge is, having it, to apply it; not having it, to confess your ignorance.

Ignorance Quotes, by Confucius

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Sincerity and truth are the basis of every virtue

Sincerity Quotes, by Confucius

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It is better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness.

Inspirational Quotes, by Confucius

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Choose a job you like and you will never have to work a day of your life.

Cliches and one-liners Quotes, by Confucius

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He who will not economize will have to agonize.

Economy Quotes, by Confucius

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The father who does not teach his son his duties is equally guilty with the son who neglects them.

Men and women Quotes, by Confucius

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Study the past if you would divine the future.

Past Quotes, by Confucius

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

Excellence Quotes, by Confucius

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

Right Quotes, by Confucius

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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 most bitter.

Wisdom Quotes, by Confucius

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

Virtue Quotes, by Confucius , Source: Analects (bk. IV, ch. XXV)

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Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.

Inspirational Quotes, by Confucius

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The perfecting of one's self is the fundamental base of all progress and all moral development.

Inspirational Quotes, by Confucius

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Gravity is only the bark of wisdom; but it preserves it.

Gravity Quotes, by Confucius

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

Relationships Quotes, by Confucius

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Learning without thought is labor lost.

Thought Quotes, by Confucius

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To be able to practice five things everywhere under heaven constitutes perfect virtue. They are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness and kindness.

Virtue Quotes, by Confucius

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Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses.

Kindness Quotes, by Confucius

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If you lead on the people with correctness, who will dare not to be correct?

Leaders Quotes, by Confucius

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

Perceptions Quotes, by Confucius

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

Actions Quotes, by Confucius

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Sincerity and truth are the basis of every virtue.

Inspirational Quotes, by Confucius

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

Inspirational Quotes, by Confucius

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The superior man thinks only of virtue; the common man thinks only of comfort.

Inspirational Quotes, by Confucius

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