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Confucius 551-479 BC
Chinese Philosopher & Politician, Founder of Confucianism
 Great Truths       

Heaven means to be one with God.

The object of the superior man is truth.

It is easy to hate and difficult to love.

Never do to others what you would not like them to do to you.

To know what you know and what you do not know, that is true knowledge.

Better a diamond with a flaw that a pebble without.

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

The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home.

The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell.

Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure.

Study the past if you would divine the future.

Study without reflection is a waste of time: reflection without study is dangerous.

An oppressive government is more to be feared than a tiger.

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

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

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

Only the wisest and stupidest of men never change.

When prosperity comes, do not use all of it.

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

Learning without thought is labor lost: thought without learning is perilous.

Words are the voice of the heart.

A man who has committed a mistake and doesn’t correct it is committing another mistake.

When anger arises, think of the consequences.

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

Humility is the solid foundation of all virtues.

Everything has its beauty, but not everyone sees it.

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

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

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

The nobler sort of man emphasizes the good qualities in others, and does not accentuate the bad. The inferior does the reverse. The noble sort of man pays special attention to nine points. He is anxious to see clearly, to hear distinctly, to be kindly in his looks, respectful in his demeanor, conscientious in his speech, earnest in his affairs. When in doubt, he is careful to inquire: when in anger, he thinks of the consequences: when offered an opportunity for gain, he thinks only of his duty.

The superior man will watch over himself when he is alone. He examines his heart that there may be nothing wrong there, and that he may have no cause of dissatisfaction with himself.

The way of a superior man is threefold: virtuous, he is free from anxieties: wise, he is free from perplexities: bold, he is free from fear.

Tsze-King asked, is there a 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 do you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.

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

The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential .. These are the keys that will unlock to door to personal excellence.

When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action.