Things have their roots and branches. Affairs have their beginnings and their ends. To know what is first and what is last will lead one near the Way.
The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.
The superior man is distressed by the limitations of his ability; he is not distressed by the fact that men do not recognize the ability that he has.
To be poor without murmuring is difficult. To be rich without being proud is easy.
If either wealth or poverty are come by honesty, there is no shame.