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Confucius Honeyed words and flattering looks seldom speak of love Thrice daily I ask myself Have I been unfaithful in dealing for others Have I been untrue to friends Do I practise what I preach The young should be dutiful at home modest abroad heedful and true full of goodwill for the many close friends with love and should they have strength to spare let them spend it upon the arts If a man honour worth and forsake lust serve father and mother with all his strength be ready to give his life for the king and keep faith with his friends though men may call him rude I call him learned Respect death and recall forefathers the good in men will again grow sturdy As long as his father lives a son should study his wishes after he is dead he should study his life If for three years he do not forsake his fathers ways he may be called dutiful A gentleman who is not a greedy eater nor a lover of ease at home who is earnest in deed and careful of speech who seeks the righteous and profits by them may be called fond of learning Poor but no flatterer rich but not proud How were that good but better still were poor yet merry rich yet courteous Guide the people by law subdue them by punishment they may shun crime but will be void of shame Guide them by example subdue them by courtesy they will learn shame and come to be good To serve our parents with courtesy whilst they live to bury them with all courtesy when they die and to worship them with all courtesy The Master said Look at a mans acts watch his motives find out what pleases him can the man evade you
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