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Biography : Chinese teacher, editor, politician and philosopher.
Born: -551 - Died: -479
Period:
5th century BC
6th century BC
Place of birth: China
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Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.
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Never impose on others what you would not choose for yourself.
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Demand much from yourself, little from others, and you will prevent discontent.
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The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.
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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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The man who asks a question is a fool for a minute, the man who does not ask is a fool for life.
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Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.
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By nature, men are nearly alike; by practice, they get to be wide apart.
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They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.
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The cautious seldom err.
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Learning without thought is labor lost thought without learning is perilous.
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He who exercises government by means of his virtue may be compared to the north polar star, which keeps its place and all the stars turn towards it.
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Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.
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It is better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness.
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A scholar must be strong and resolute, for his burden is heavy, and his journey is long.
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If we don't know life, how can we know death?
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Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
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When anger rises, think of the consequences.
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The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home.
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Study the past, if you would divine the future.
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He who speaks without modesty will find it difficult to make his words good.
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Never contract friendship with a man that is not better than thyself.
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The object of the superior man is truth.
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When you know a thing, to hold that you know it, and when you do not know a thing, to allow that you do not know it - this is knowledge.
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Old age, believe me, is a good and pleasant thing. It is true you are gently shouldered off the stage, but then you are given such a comfortable front stall as spectator.
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Speak the truth, do not yield to anger give, if thou art asked for little by these three steps thou wilt go near the gods.
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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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Death and life have their determined appointments; riches and honors depend upon heaven.
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Faced with what is right, to leave it undone shows a lack of courage.
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It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them.
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