Humankind differs from the animals only by a little and most people throw that away.
Coarse rice to eat, water to drink, my bended arm for a pillow - therein is happiness. Wealth and rank attained through immoral means are nothing but drifting clouds.
Who can (make) the muddy water (clear)? Let it be still, and it will gradually become clear.
Virtue is not left to stand alone. He who practices it will have neighbors.
The noble-minded encourage what is beautiful in people and discourage what is ugly in them. Little people do just the opposite.
If some years were added to my life, I would give fifty to the study of the Yi, and then I might come to be without great faults.