Confucius (551-479BC) Chinese ethical teacher, philosopher

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To practice five things under all circumstances constitutes perfect virtue; these five are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness. - Confucius
The perfecting of one's self is the fundamental base of all progress and all moral development. - Confucius
Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure. - Confucius
It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them. - Confucius
Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men. - Confucius
Consideration for others is the basic of a good life, a good society. - Confucius
Worry not that no one knows of you; seek to be worth knowing. - Confucius
The Shang based its propriety on that of the Yin, and what it added and subtracted is knowable. The Chou has based its propriety on that of the Shang and what it added and subtracted is knowable. In this way, what continues from the Chou, even if 100 generations hence, is knowable. - Confucius
The superior man, extensively studying all learning, and keeping himself under the restraint of the rules of propriety, may thus likewise not overstep what is right. - Confucius