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.
If one should desire to know whether a kingdom is well governed, if its morals are good or bad, the quality of its music will furnish the answer.
There are three methods to gaining wisdom. The first is reflection, which is the highest. The second is limitation, which is the easiest. The third is experience, which is the bitterest.
The gentleman does not promote people merely on the basis of their words, nor does he reject words merely because of the person who uttered them.
Even when walking in the company of two other men, I am bound to be able to learn from them. The good points of the one I copy, the bad points of the other I correct in myself.
Tsze-Kung asked, Is there one word with which to act in accordance throughout a lifetime? The Master said, Is not reciprocity such a word? What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.