If a man take no thought at what is distant, he will find sorrow near at hand.
The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.
The superior man is slow in his words and earnest in his conduct.
The superior man makes the difficulty to be overcome his first interest; success comes only later.
To know what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice.
To see what is right and not to do it is want of courage.
If, when you look into your own heart, you find nothing wrong there, what is there to fear?
The superior man thinks always of virtue; the common man thinks of comfort.
Observe a man’s actions; scrutinize his motives; take note of the things that give him pleasure. How, then, can he hide from you what he really is?
They must often change who would be constant in happiness and wisdom.