By nature, men are nearly alike; by practice, they get to be wide apart.
Not to mend the fault one has made is to err indeed.
What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.
Keep what you say and carry out what you do.
The superior man on grounds of culture meets with his friends, and bytheir friendship helps his virtue.
The commander of the forces of a large State may be carried off, but thewill of even a common man cannot be taken from him.
A youth is to be regarded with respect. How do you know that his futurewill not be equal to our present?
Is it not delightful to have friends coming from distant quarters?
Is he not a man of complete virtue, who feels no discomposure thoughmen may take no note of him?
I will not be afflicted at men's not knowing me; I will be afflicted that I donot know men.
In the Book of Poetry are three hundred pieces, but the design of themall may be embraced in one sentence-- "Having no depraved thoughts."
The Kwan Tsu is expressive of enjoyment without being licentious, andof grief without being hurtfully excessive.