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  1. The book salesman should be honored because he brings to our attention, as a rule, the very books we need most and neglect most.” — Confucius
  2. The cautious seldom err.” — Confucius
  3. The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.” — Confucius
  4. The faults of a superior person are like the sun and moon. They have their faults, and everyone sees them; they change and everyone looks up to them.” — Confucius
  5. The firm, the enduring, the simple, and the modest are near to virtue.” — Confucius
  6. The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large.” — Confucius
  7. The object of the superior man is truth.” — Confucius
  8. The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home.” — Confucius
  9. The superior man acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his action.” — Confucius
  10. The superior man does not, even for the space of a single meal, act contrary to virtue. In moments of haste, he cleaves to it. In seasons of danger, he cleaves to it.” — Confucius
  11. The superior man is distressed by the limitations of his ability; he is not distressed by the fact that men do not recognize the ability that he has.” — Confucius
  12. The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.” — Confucius
  13. The superior man makes the difficulty to be overcome his first interest; success only comes later.” — Confucius
  14. The superior man thinks always of virtue; the common man thinks of comfort.” — Confucius
  15. The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell.” — Confucius
  16. 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.” — Confucius
  17. There are three methods to gaining wisdom. The first is reflection, which is the highest. The second is limitation, which is the easiest. The third is experience, which is the bitterest.” — Confucius
  18. They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.” — Confucius
  19. To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it.” — Confucius
  20. To go beyond is as wrong as to fall short.” — Confucius
  21. To know what you know and what you do not know, that is true knowledge.” — Confucius
  22. To practice five things under all circumstances constitutes perfect virtue; these five are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness.” — Confucius
  23. To rule a country of a thousand chariots, there must be reverent attention to business, and sincerity; economy in expenditure, and love for men; and the employment of the people at the proper seasons.” — Confucius
  24. To see and listen to the wicked is already the beginning of wickedness.” — Confucius
  25. To see the right and not to do it is cowardice.” — Confucius
  26. To see what is right and not to do it is want of courage, or of principle.” — Confucius
  27. To those whose talents are above mediocrity, the highest subjects may be announced. To those who are below mediocrity, the highest subjects may not be announced.” — Confucius

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