Instead of being concerned that you have no office, be concerned to think how you may fit yourself for office. Instead of being concerned that you are not known, see to the (be?) worthy of being known.
To rule a country of a thousand chariots, there must be reverent attention to business, and sincerity; economy in expenditure, and love for men; and the employment of the people at the proper seasons.
The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.
Look at the means which a man employs, consider his motives, observe his pleasures. A man simply cannot conceal himself!
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.
When we see persons of worth, we should think of equaling them; when we see persons of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.
When you know a thing, to hold that you know it, and when you do not know a thing, to allow that you do not know it -- this is knowledge.
I am not one who was born in the possession of knowledge; I am one who is fond of antiquity, and earnest in seeking it there.
The superior man does not, even for the space of a single meal, act contrary to virtue. In moments of haste, he cleaves to it. In seasons of danger, he cleaves to it.
To practice five things under all circumstances constitutes perfect virtue; these five are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness.
The book salesman should be honored because he brings to our attention, as a rule, the very books we need most and neglect most.
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.
If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people.
I will not be concerned at other men's not knowing me; I will be concerned at my own want of ability.
When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.
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.
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