The cautious seldom err.
I am not bothered by the fact that I am not understood. I am bothered when I do not know others.
The Superior Man is aware of Righteousness, the inferior man is aware of advantage.
To give one's self earnestly to the duties due to men, and, while respecting spiritual beings, to keep aloof from them, may be called wisdom.
Be loyal and trustworthy. Do not befriend anyone who is lower than youself in this regard. When making a mistake, do not be afraid to correct it.
In archery we have something like the way of the superior man. When the archer misses the center of the target, he turns round and seeks for the cause of his failure in himself.
If a man has no humaneness what can his propriety be like? If a man has no humaneness what can his happiness be like?
Benevolence is the characteristic element of humanity.
Sincerity is the end and beginning of things; without sincerity there would be nothing. On this account, the superior man regards the attainment of sincerity as the most excellent thing.
The beginning of wisdom is to call things by their proper name.
When we see men of worth, we should think of equaling them; when we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.
I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.
Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.
When I walk along with two others, from at least one I will be able to learn.
By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.
The superior man is satisfied and composed; the mean man is always full of distress.
The virtuous is frank and open; the non-virtuous is secretive and worrying.
Only by perfect virtue can the perfect path, in all its courses, be made a fact.
Things have their root and their branches. Affairs have their end and their beginning. To know what is first and what is last will lead near to what is taught in the Great Learning.
A man living without conflicts is as if he never lives at all.
I want you to be everything that's you, deep at the center of your being.
Let the states of equilibrium and harmony exist in perfection, and a happy order will prevail throughout heaven and earth, and all things will be nourished and flourish.
Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous.
The superior man accords with the course of the Mean. Though he may be all unknown, unregarded by the world, he feels no regret — It is only the sage who is able for this.
When anger rises, think of the consequences.
Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.
When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.
Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.