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Confucius, A page from the Analects


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

“Respect yourself and others will respect you.”

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

“To be wealthy and honored in an unjust society is a disgrace.”

“Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.”

“Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses.”

“Have no friends not equal to yourself.”

“If you are the smartest person in the room, then you are in the wrong room.”

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

“Attack the evil that is within yourself, rather than attacking the evil that is in others.”

“Never give a sword to a man who can't dance.”

“He who conquers himself is the mightiest warrior.”

“The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.”

“Without knowing the force of words, it is impossible to know more.”

“Worry not that no one knows you; seek to be worth knowing.”

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

“Where words lose their meaning, people lose their lives.”

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

“Your life is what your thoughts make it.”

“We have two lives, and the second begins when we realize we only have one.”

“Roads were made for journeys not destinations”

“Time flows away like the water in the river. ”

“When the wind blows, the grass bends.”


Confucius, c 551-479 BC

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