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The Sayings of Confucious

Translated by James Legge

Confucious, the most famous person in the whole long history of China, was not a king, not a warrior, and not a rich man; nor was he a religious leader. He was largely self-educated, and he never realized his own greatest ambitions. He taught not merely the rich and the great, but even the poorest and humblest, accepting any student who was earnest and intelligent. Yet the ethical philosophy he developed has persisted for almost 2,500 years, and is with us still. The Master said, 'The mind of the superior man dwells on righteousness; the mind of the mean man dwells on gain.'
CHAPTER XVII. The Master said, 'When we see men of worth, we should think of equalling them; when we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.' ....


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