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Confucius

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Confucius

Confucius (Qufu, 28 september 551, Qufu, 479 BC) was a Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher of the Spring and Autumn period of Chinese history. The philosophy of Confucius emphasized personal and governmental morality, correctness of social relationships, justice and sincerity. His followers competed successfully with many other schools during the Hundred Schools of Thought era only to be suppressed in favor of the Legalists during the Qin Dynasty. Following the victory of Han over Chu after the collapse of Qin, Confucius's thoughts received official sanction and were further developed into a system known as Confucianism.

Tuesday Feb 26, 2019

Confucius: Good thoughts

The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large.

Wednesday Feb 21, 2018

Confucius: With all your heart

Wherever you go, go with all your heart.

Monday Nov 6, 2017

Confucius: Life is Simple

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

Tuesday May 31, 2016

Confucius: What are we ashamed of

In a country well governed,
poverty is something to be ashamed of.

In a country badly governed,
wealth is something to be ashamed of.

Friday May 20, 2016

Confucius: A black cat in the dark

The hardest thing of all is to find a black cat in a dark room, especially if there is no cat.

Friday May 13, 2016

Confucius: How to put the world in order

To put the world in order,
we must first put the nation in order;
to put the nation in order,
we must first put the family in order;
to put the family in order;
we must first cultivate our personal life;
we must first set our hearts right.

Friday Apr 29, 2016

Confucius: Imposing on others

If you don't want to do something, don't impose on others.

Friday Apr 8, 2016

Confucius: How to save someone's life

Give a bowl of rice to a man
and you will feed him for a day.
Teach him how to grow his own rice
and you will save his life.

Friday Apr 1, 2016

Confucius: Real knowledge

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

Friday Mar 25, 2016

Confucius: Do right

To see what is right, and not do it is the worst cowardice.

Friday Mar 18, 2016

Confucius: Superior, and small men

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

Friday Mar 11, 2016

Confucius: Your plans

If your plan is for one year, plant rice. If your plan is for ten years, plant trees. If your plan is for one hundred years, educate children.

Friday Mar 4, 2016

Confucius: It starts with education

Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace.

Thursday Feb 25, 2016

Confucius: Don't complain

Don't complain about the snow on your neighbor's roof when your own doorstep is unclean.

Friday Feb 19, 2016

Confucius: Music

Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without.

Friday Feb 12, 2016

Confucius: How to think

When you see a good person, think of becoming like her/him. When you see someone not so good, reflect on your own weak points.

Wednesday Feb 3, 2016

Confucius: Time

Time flows away like the water in the river.

Tuesday Sep 8, 2015

Confucius: The lion and the tree

A lion chased me up a tree, and I greatly enjoyed the view from the top.

Tuesday Jul 14, 2015

Confucius: Beauty

Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.

Tuesday Mar 3, 2015

Confucius: Silcence

Silence is a true friend who never betrays.

Tuesday Dec 9, 2014

Confucius: Appreciating abilities

It is not the failure of others to appreciate your abilities that should trouble you, but rather your failure to appreciate theirs.

Monday Dec 1, 2014

Confucius: The Mistake

If you make a mistake and do not correct it, this is called a mistake.

Thursday Nov 20, 2014

Confucius: Your job

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

Friday Oct 24, 2014

Confucius: Respect yourself

Respect yourself and others will respect you.

Friday Oct 10, 2014

Confucius: Moving stones

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

Monday Sep 29, 2014

Confucius: Questions and answers

He who knows all the answers has not been asked all the questions.

Monday Sep 15, 2014

Confucius: Asking questions

The man who asks a question is a fool for a minute, the man who does not ask is a fool for life.

Monday Sep 8, 2014

Confucius: The evel in yourself

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

Monday Sep 1, 2014

Confucius: Talking and silence

If what one has to say is not better than silence, then one should keep silent.

Thursday Aug 7, 2014

Confucius: Speech and actions

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

Monday Jul 21, 2014

Confucius: What do you know?

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

Monday Jul 7, 2014

Confucius: Don't stop

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

Monday Jun 30, 2014

Confucius: Be careful with what you impose on others

Do not impose on others what you yourself do not desire.

Monday Jun 23, 2014

Confucius: Look into your own heart

If you look into your own heart, and you find nothing wrong there, what is there to worry about? What is there to fear?

Monday Jun 9, 2014

Confucius: Speak after action

The superior man acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his action.

Thursday May 22, 2014

Confucius: Anger and consequences

When anger rises, think of the consequences.

Wednesday May 14, 2014

Confucius: hearing, seeing and doing

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

Monday May 5, 2014

Confucius: Your teachers

If I am walking with two other men, each of them will serve as my teacher. I will pick out the good points of the one and imitate them, and the bad points of the other and correct them in myself.

Wednesday Apr 23, 2014

Confucius: Falling and Rising

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

Tuesday Mar 18, 2014

Confucius: Goals

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

Friday Oct 25, 2013

Confucius: How to open de door to personal excellence

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.