Man who stand on hill with mouth open will wait long time for roast duck to drop in.

It is only the wisest and the stupidest that cannot change.

It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve; and bad things are very easy to get.

Mankind differs from the animals only by a little and most people throw that away.

If there were an honorable way to get rich, I'd do it, even if it meant being a stooge standing around with a whip. But there isn't an honorable way, so I just do what I like.

I am not one who was born with great wisdom. I love the ancients and diligently seek wisdom among them.

The Essence of Knowledge is, having it, to use it.

Let a ruler base his government upon virtuous principles, and he will be like the pole-star, which remains steadfast in its place, while all the host of stars turn towards it.

If a man takes no thought about what is distant he will find sorrow near at hand.

A man should say, I am not concerned that I have no place, I am concerned how I may fit myself for one. I am not concerned that I am not known, I seek to be worthy to be known.

Words are the voice of the heart.

Not to alter one's faults is to be faulty indeed.

Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses.

He who flatters a man is his enemy. he who tells him of his faults is his maker.

People with virtue must speak out; People who speak are not all virtuous.

Aspire to the principal, behave with virtue, abide by benevolence, and immerse yourself in the arts.

The superior man...does not set his mind either for anything or against anything what is right he will follow.

Humankind differs from the animals only by a little and most people throw that away.

When the Master entered the great temple he asked about everything. Someone said, ‘Who will say that this son of the man of Zou knows about ritual? When he enters the temple, he asks about everything'. The Master heard of it and said, ‘This is the ritual'.

When a person should be spoken with, and you don't speak with them, you lose them. When a person shouldn't be spoken with and you speak to them, you waste your breath. The wise do not lose people, nor do they waste their breath.

He who exercises government by means of his virtue may be compared to the north polar star, which keeps its place and all the stars turn towards it.

Looking at small advantages prevents great affairs from being accomplished.

Worthy admonitions cannot fail to inspire us, but what matters is changing ourselves. Reverent advice cannot fail to encourage us, but what matters is acting on it. Encouraged without acting, inspired without changing – there's nothing to be done for such people.

Not to discuss with a man worthy of conversation is to waste the man. To discuss with a man not worthy of conversation is to waste words. The wise waste neither men nor words.

If the people be led by laws, and uniformity sought to be given them by punishments, they will try to avoid the punishment, but have no sense of shame. 2. 'If they be led by virtue, and uniformity sought to be given them by the rules of propriety, they will have the sense of shame, and moreover will become good.

Humility is the solid foundation of all virtues.

Hold faithfulness and sincerity as first principles.

A legendary horse is praised not for its strength, but for its Integrity.

If either wealth or poverty are come by honesty, there is no shame.

What is the good of being ready with the tongue? They who encounter men with smartnesses of speech for the most part procure themselves hatred. I know not whether he be truly virtuous, but why should he show readiness of the tongue?

At fifteen my mind was directed to study, and at thirty I knew where to stand.

The Master said: ‘Artful speech and an ingratiating demeanour rarely accompany virtue.

I will not be concerned at other men's not knowing meI will be concerned at my own want of ability.

Be strict with yourself but least reproachful of others and complaint is kept afar.

The Master said, Guide the people by law, aline them by punishment; they may shun crime, but they will want shame. Guide them by mind, aline them by courtesy; they will learn shame and grow good.

The superior man makes the difficulty to be overcome his first interest; success only comes later.

To put the world right in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right.

To know what you know and what you do not know, that is true knowledge.

Insecurity is worse than poverty.

Omul care nu se gândeste sau nu prevede lucrurile îndepartate are necazuri aproape.

They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.

Gravity is only the bark of wisdom's tree; but it preserves it.

The faults of a superior person are like the sun and moon. They have their faults, and everyone sees them; they change and everyone looks up to them.

Never give a sword to a man who can't dance.

Time flows away like the water in the river.

Five things constitute perfect virtue: gravity, magnanimity, earnestness, sincerity and kindness.

A noble minded person is not an implement.

Do not worry about holding high position; worry rather about playing your proper role.

A youth, when at home, should be filial and, abroad, respectful to his elders. He should be earnest and truthful. He should overflow in love to all and cultivate the friendship of the good. When he has time and opportunity, after the performance of these things, he should employ them in polite studies.