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Confucius said, . . . If one were able to perfect his filial piety and attention to fraternal duties, his spirit would be consonant with the highest virtue of the universe, and his mind and prayers would reach and move the Divine. The light of his great virtue would illuminate the whole world and all would be touched by the virtues of filial piety.




Quote n 7598 : , (v. 551 v. 479 av. J.-C), founder of Confucianism, Confucianism
Source : The Classic of Xiao (Xiao Jing), chap. 16 : The Moral Effort and the Response from the Divine  
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Confucius said, For teaching the people to love one another there is nothing better than the education of Xiao; for teaching the people to be courteous and harmonious there is nothing better than the education of Ti; for changing bad customs there is nothing better than good, undefied music; for making the rulers at ease and the people orderly there is nothing better than the education of great etiquette.




Quote n 7597 : , (v. 551 v. 479 av. J.-C), founder of Confucianism, Confucianism
Source : The Classic of Xiao (Xiao Jing), chap. 12 : Broad and Crucial Doctrine  
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Confucius said, . . . He who loves his parents does not dare to do evil unto others; he who respects his parents does not dare to be arrogant to others.




Quote n 7596 : , (v. 551 v. 479 av. J.-C), founder of Confucianism, Confucianism
Source : The Classic of Xiao (Xiao Jing), chap. 2 : The Son of Heaven  
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Confucius said, . . . Filial piety (the Way of Xiao) is taught so that all who are fathers will be respected. Fraternal duties (the Way of Ti) is taught so that all who are elder brothers will be respected.




Quote n 7595 : , (v. 551 v. 479 av. J.-C), founder of Confucianism, Confucianism
Source : The Classic of Xiao (Xiao Jing), chap. 13 : Broad and highest virtue  
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Confucius said, Filial piety (Xiao) is the foundation of (all) virtue, and out of which grows all teachings and (moral and religious) education.




Quote n 7594 : , (v. 551 v. 479 av. J.-C), founder of Confucianism, Confucianism
Source : The Classic of Filial Piety (Xiao Jing), chap. 1: Opening Explanation  
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The Master said, "Is Goodness indeed so far away? If we really wanted Goodness, we should find that it was at our very side."




Quote n 4131 : , (v. 551 v. 479 av. J.-C), founder of Confucianism, Confucianism
Source : Analects 7.29  
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Confucius said, "At fifteen my mind was set on learning. At thirty my character had been formed. At forty I had no more perplexities. At fifty I knew the Mandate of Heaven (T'ien-ming). At sixty I was at ease with whatever I heard. At seventy I could follow my heart's desire without transgressing moral principles.




Quote n 2138 : , (v. 551 v. 479 av. J.-C), founder of Confucianism, Confucianism
Source : Analects of Confucius, 2:4, in Wing-Tsit Chan, Chinese Philosophy, Chapter 2.  
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Wishing to establish his own character, he also establishes the character of others, and wishing to be prominent himself, he also helps others to be prominent.




Quote n 2137 : , (v. 551 v. 479 av. J.-C), founder of Confucianism, Confucianism
Source : Analects of Confucius, 6,28, in Wing-Tsit Chan, Chinese Philosophy, Chapter 2.  
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The superior man does not seek fulfillment of his appetite nor comfort in his lodging.




Quote n 2136 : , (v. 551 v. 479 av. J.-C), founder of Confucianism, Confucianism
Source : Analects of Confucius, 1:14, in Wing-Tsit Chan, Chinese Philosophy, Chapter 2.  
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By nature the men are alike. Through practice they have become far apart.




Quote n 2135 : , (v. 551 v. 479 av. J.-C), founder of Confucianism, Confucianism
Source : Analect of Confucius, 17:2, in Wing-Tsit Chan, Chinese Philosophy, Chapter 2.  
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