To go beyond is as wrong as to fall short.
Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.
Look at the means which a man employs, consider his motives, observe his pleasures. A man simply cannot conceal himself!
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, seek to be worthy of being known.
In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.
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.
He who exercises government by means of his virtue may be compared to the north polar star, which keeps its place and all the stars turn towards it.
Success depends upon previous preparation, and without such preparation there is sure to be failure.
Real knowledge is to know the extent of one’s ignorance.
They must often change, who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.
Death and life have their determined appointments; riches and honors depend upon heaven.
The object of the superior man is truth.
I was complaining that I had no shoes till I met a man who had no feet.
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.