Old age, believe me, is a good and pleasant thing. It is true you are gently shouldered off the stage, but then you are given such a comfortable front stall as spectator.
Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men.
When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.
The superior man acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his action.
Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure.
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.
In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.
He who learns but does not think, is lost! He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.
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.
How to play music may be known. At the commencement of the piece, all the parts should sound together. As it proceeds, they should be in harmony while severally distinct and flowing without break, and thus on to the conclusion.
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.
To practice five things under all circumstances constitutes perfect virtue; these five are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness.
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.
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