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Ideas of Confucius, by Text

[Chinese, c.551 - 479 BCE, Born and died at Shantung, China.]

470BCE The Sayings of Confucius
IX.18 p.63 All men prefer outward appearance to true excellence
V.5 p.39 People who control others with fluent language often end up being hated
XI.16 p.72 Excess and deficiency are equally at fault
XII.2 p.76 Do not do to others what you would not desire yourself
XIV.37 p.95 Men of the highest calibre avoid political life completely
XVII.2 p.109 Humans are similar, but social conventions drive us apart (sages and idiots being the exceptions)
XVII.5 p.110 The virtues of the best people are humility, maganimity, sincerity, diligence, and graciousness