Who can (make) the muddy water (clear)? Let it be still, and it will gradually become clear.
The man who chases two rabbits, catches neither.
If I am walking with two other men, each of them will serve as my teacher. I will pick out the good points of the one and imitate them, and the bad points of the other and correct them in myself.
He that rules by mind is like the north star, steady in his seat, whilst the stars all bend to him.
A man without persistence will never make a good shaman or a good physician.
The Master said, To study, and then in a timely fashion to practice what you have learned—is this not satisfying? To have companions arrive from afar—is this not a joy? To remain unrecognized by others and yet remain free of resentment—is this not the mark of the gentleman?
He had four of the characteristics of a superior man:— in his conduct of himself, he was humble; in serving his superiors, he was respectful; in nourishing the people, he was kind; in ordering the people, he was just.
Clever talk, ingratiating looks, fawning reverence: Tso-ch'iu Ming found that shameful, and so do I. Friendly while harboring resentment: Tso-ch'iu Ming found that shameful, too, and so do I.
Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure.
What is the sound of one hand clapping.
The noble-minded have nine states of mind: for eyes, bright; for ears, penetrating; for countenance; cordial; for demeanor, humble; for words, trustworthy; for service, reverent; for doubt, questioning; for anger circumspect; and for facing a chance to profit, moral.
The superior man has a dignified ease without pride. The mean man has pride without a dignified ease.
To go too far is as bad as to fall short.
Settle one difficulty, and you keep a hundred away.
When we see men of worth, we should think of equalling them; when we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.
With coarse grain to eat, with water to drink, and my bended arm for a pillow: I still have joy in the midst of these things.
Knowledge is merely brilliance in organization of ideas and not wisdom. The truly wise person goes beyond knowledge.
Worry not that no one knows you; seek to be worth knowing.
Education breeds confidence. Confidence breeds hope. Hope breeds peace.
You will never know how sharp a sword is unless it's drawn from its sheath.
The Master said, A true teacher is one who, keeping the past alive, is also able to understand the present.