By nature, men are nearly alike; by practice, they get to be wide apart.
Not to mend the fault one has made is to err indeed.
What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.
Keep what you say and carry out what you do.
The superior man on grounds of culture meets with his friends, and by their friendship helps his virtue.
The commander of the forces of a large State may be carried off, but the will of even a common man cannot be taken from him.
A youth is to be regarded with respect. How do you know that his future will not be equal to our present?
Is it not delightful to have friends coming from distant quarters?
Is he not a man of complete virtue, who feels no discomposure though men may take no note of him?
I will not be afflicted at men’s not knowing me; I will be afflicted that I do not know men.
In the Book of Poetry are three hundred pieces, but the design of them all may be embraced in one sentence– “Having no depraved thoughts.”
The Kwan Tsu is expressive of enjoyment without being licentious, and of grief with out being hurtfully excessive.
While his parents are alive, the son may not go abroad to a distance. If he does go abroad, he must have a fixed place to which he goes.
Respect your own elders and extend such respect to those of others; cherish your own young and extend such cherishment to those of others.
A just cause enjoys abundant support while an unjust cause finds little help.
The favorable opportunity does not help as much as the favorable terrain; the favorable terrain does not help as much as the group morale.
No riches or honors may induce him to corrupt; no poverty or lowliness may cause him to waver; no might or force may compel him to submit. Such would be what we call a great man.
Without compasses and angle squares, no square or circle can ever be drawn.
The best way to foster goodness at heart is to reduce personal desires.
Do not try to confine the people with closed borders; do not try to defend the state with deep mountain valleys; do not try to display force with sharp weapons.
When the sovereign regards his subjects as his hands and feet, they will regard him as bosom and heart; when the sovereign looks upon his subjects as dirt and weed, they will look upon him as a foe.
Before Heaven lays a grand mission on a man, it will first distress him in the spirit and exhaust him in the body, causing him to suffer from hunger and poverty, and subverting every bit of his effort, with which to inspire his ambition, forge his endurance, and remedy his defects in capacity.
When in adversity, maintain personal integrity for your own sake; in time of success, try to better the whole world as well.