Ancient China
-551 // -479
Philosopher / Moralist


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Seek not every quality in one individual
Recompense injury with justice, and recompense kindness with kindness
Our headstrong passions shut the door of our souls against God
Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without
Men's natures are alike; it is their habits that separate them
Men do not stumble over mountains, but over molehills
Make fair agreements and stick to them
Let our reason, and not our senses, be the rule of our conduct; for reason will teach us to think wisely, to speak prudently, and to behave worthily
Learn avidly. Question repeatedly what you have learned. Analyze it carefully. Then put what you have learned into practice intelligently
It is man that makes truth great, not truth that makes man great
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On Anger: "For every minute you remain angry, you give up sixty seconds of peace of mind."
On Destiny: "Our destiny exercises its influence over us even when, as yet, we have not learned its nature: it is our future that lays down the law of our today."
Human, All Too Human
On Friendship: "A crowd is not company; and faces are but a gallery of pictures; and talk but a tinkling cymbal, where there is no love."