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Confucius (September 28, 551 BC – 479 BC, Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher of the Spring and Autumn period of Chinese history) said:

"If one is righteous, his authority meets no challenge even when he is quiet. However, If he is wicked, not one will obey his repeated orders."

"If the people are governed with regulations and punishment, they will try to avoid doing what is wrong, but lose self-respect; if people are governed with virtue and rituals, they will keep self-respect and correct themselves."

"Never get slack at your work. Always be conscientious in fulfilling your duty."

"He who is not in charge of the matter should never interfere in its business."

"To make the people obedient, you should promote the upright in higher positions. If the vicious are promoted higher, the people will natually be disobedient."

"Abundant food, formidable army, and the people will take confidence in the government."

"Not haste in success, not greedy in small interest. Hasty means imperfection and greedy equals failure."

The Master went to Wei state, Ran-You was riding the carriage with him. The Master said, "This area is very populated. " Ran-You asked, "What should they do when there are lots of residents?" The Master answered, "Make them rich." Ran asked again,"What should they do after they become rich?" Master answered, "Make them educated."