Death and life have their determined appointments; riches and honors depend upon heaven.
The noble-minded worry about their lack of ability, not about people's failure to recognize their ability.
Respect the gods and the devils but keep them at a distance.
Roads were made for journeys, not destinations.
You will never know how sharp a sword is unless it's drawn from its sheath.
The Master said of Gong Yechang, He is marriageable. Although he was once imprisoned and branded as a criminal, he was in fact innocent of any crime. The Master gave him his daughter in marriage.