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The World’s Wit and Humor: An Encyclopedia in 15 Volumes.  1906.
Vol. XV: Greek—Roman—Oriental
Sayings from the Analects
By Confucius (551–479 B.C.)

WHILE a man’s father is alive, look at the bent of his will; when his father is dead, look at his conduct.
  An accomplished scholar is not a cooking-pot.  2
  When good order prevailed in his country, Ning Wu acted the part of a wise man; when his country was in disorder, he acted the part of a fool. Others may equal his wisdom, but they cannot equal his folly.  3
  How can one know about death, when one does not understand life?  4
  Four horses cannot overtake the tongue.  5
  If you were not covetous, you could not even bribe a man to steal from you.  6
  When their betters love the Rules [of Propriety], then the folk are easy tools.  7
  Why use an ox-knife to kill a hen?  8
  There are two classes that never change: the supremely wise and the profoundly stupid.  9
  If a man is disliked at forty, he always will be.  10
  When driving with a woman, hold the reins in one hand and keep the other behind your back.  11

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