10 authoritative Confucius maxims that will change your conception of the world

Shirley Marie Bradby

February 09, 2018

10 authoritative Confucius maxims that will change your conception of the world
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Confucius was probably the most important philosopher in Eastern history.

Throughout his life he was constantly involved in investigating human nature, focusing on important issues such as morality, ethics, social relations, justice, and honesty.

The following are ten profound aphorisms, extracted from the "Dialogues" (the main literary work of Confucius), that summarize some of the most important teachings that the great Chinese philosopher has left to posterity.

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“What the superior man seeks is in himself; what the small man seeks is in others.”

“What the superior man seeks is in himself; what the small man seeks is in others.”

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"Give instructions only to those people who seek knowledge after they have discovered their ignorance."

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"When anger rises, think of the consequences."

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"Wherever you go, go with all your heart."

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"If you hate a person, then you’re defeated by that person."

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"Never form a friendship with a person who is not better than you."

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"It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop."

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"If they talk about you behind your back, it means you’re ahead of them."

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"Looking at small advantages prevents great affairs from being accomplished."

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"When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps."

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