- 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.
- It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them.
- Hold faithfulness and sincerity as first principles.
- Forget injuries, never forget kindnesses.
- Act with kindness but do not expect gratitude.
- In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of.
In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.
- To be wealthy and honored in an unjust society is a disgrace.
- To see what is right and not do it is the worst cowardice.
- All good things are difficult to achieve; and bad things are very easy to get.
- The gentleman understands what is right,
whereas the petty man understands profit.
- Settle one difficulty, and you keep a hundred away.
- Never contract friendship with a man that is not better than thyself.
- If you don't want to do something,don't impose on others.
- What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.
- Ability will never catch up with the demand for it.
- He who will not economize will have to agonize.
- To see and listen to the wicked is already the beginning of wickedness.
- To be poor without murmuring is difficult.
To be rich without being proud is easy.
- The cautious seldom err.
- Wise man adapts himself to circumstances.
- Think of tomorrow, the past can't be mended.
- Respect the gods and the devils but keep them at a distance.
- Learn avidly. Question it repeatedly. Analyze it carefully.
Then put what you have learned into practice intelligently.
- If you are the smartest person in the room, then you are in the wrong room.
- If things far away don’t concern you, you’ll soon mourn things close at hand.
- When everyone hates a person, you should investigate thoroughly,
and when everyone loves a person, you should also investigate thoroughly.
- Wherever you go, go with all your heart.
- Artful speech and an ingratiating demeanor rarely accompany virtue.
- If you want to make a stand, help others make a stand, and if you want to reach your goal, help others reach their goal. Consider yourself and treat others accordingly: this is the method of Humanity.
- Characteristics of a superior man:— in his conduct of himself, he was humble; in serving his superiors, he was respectful; in nourishing the people, he was kind; in ordering the people, he was just.
- When words lose their meaning, people lose their freedom.
- Without the rules of propriety, respectfulness becomes laborious bustle; carefulness becomes timidity; boldness becomes insubordination; straightforwardness becomes rudeness.
- Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated.
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