The Superior Man has nothing to compete for. But if he must compete, he does it in an archery match, wherein he ascends to his position, bowing in deference.
If a man has no humaneness what can his propriety be like? If a man has no humaneness what can his happiness be like?
If you see what is right and fail to act on it, you lack courage.
Listen widely to remove your doubts and be careful when speaking about the rest and your mistakes will be few.
What you know, you know, what you don't know, you don't know.
To throw oneself into strange teachings is quite dangerous.
To study and not think is a waste. To think and not study is dangerous.
The Superior Man is all-embracing and not partial. The inferior man is partial and not all-embracing.
Reviewing what you have learned and learning anew, you are fit to be a teacher.
At fifteen my heart was set on learning; at thirty I stood firm; at forty I had no more doubts; at fifty I knew the mandate of heaven; at sixty my ear was obedient; at seventy I could follow my heart's desire without transgressing the norm.
Hold faithfulness and sincerity as first principles.
I am not bothered by the fact that I am unknown. I am bothered when I do not know others.
Better a diamond with a flaw than a pebble without.
And remember, no matter where you go, there you are.
An oppressive government is more to be feared than a tiger.
Ability will never catch up with the demand for it.
A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.