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.
It is the way of the superior man to prefer the concealment of his virtue, while it daily becomes more illustrious, and it is the way of the mean man to seek notoriety, while he daily goes more and more to ruin.
The man of virtue makes the difficulty to be overcome his first business, and success only a subsequent consideration: this may be called perfect virtue.
The Superior Man is all-embracing and not partial. The inferior man is partial and not all-embracing.
A man who has committed a mistake and doesn't correct it is committing another mistake
Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.
Death and life have their determined appointments; riches and honors depend upon heaven.
He who learns but does not think, is lost! He who thinks but does not learn is in great danger.
If you look into your own heart, and you find nothing wrong there, what is there to worry about? What is there to fear?
It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them.
Learning without thinking is useless. Thinking without learning is dangerous.
Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without learning is perilous.
No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.
Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance.
Speak the truth, do not yield to anger; give, if thou art asked for little; by these three steps thou wilt go near the gods.
Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure.
The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.
The more a man knows, the more he forgives.
The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large.
There is good government when those who are near are happy, and when those who are far away desire to come.
The superior man acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his action.
The superior man is distressed by the limitations of his ability; he is not distressed by the fact that men do not recognize the ability that he has.
The superior man thinks always of virtue; the common man thinks of comfort.
They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.
Virtue is not left to stand alone. He who practices it will have neighbors.
Virtuous people often revenge themselves for the constraints to which they submit by the boredom which they inspire.
When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.
Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men.