Friendship is one mind in two bodies.
The great man is he who has not lost his child's heart.
The great man does not think beforehand of his words that they may be sincere, nor of his actions that they may be resolutehe simply speaks and does what is right.
A real man is he whose goodness is a part of himself.
We live, not as we wish to, but as we can.
Men must be decided on what they will not do, and then they are able to act with vigor in what they ought to do.
It is not difficult to govern. All one has to do is not to offend the noble families.
Friends are the siblings God never gave us.
All things are already complete in us. There is no greater delight than to be conscious of right within us. If one strives to treat others as he would be treated by them, he shall not fail to come near the perfect life.
Every duty is a charge, but the charge of oneself is the root of all others.
Mankind fears an evil man but heaven does not.
He who attends to his greater self becomes a great man, and he who attends to his smaller self becomes a small man.
Let not a man do what his sense of right bids him not to do, nor desire what it forbids him to desire. This is sufficient. The skillful artist will not alter his measures for the sake of a stupid workman.
Truth uttered before its time is dangerous.
If you love men and they are unfriendly, look into your love if you rule men and they are unruly, look into your wisdom if you are courteous to them and they do not respond, look into your courtesy. If what you do is vain, always seek within.
Kindly words do not enter so deeply into men as a reputation for kindness.
Let men decide firmly what they will not do, and they will be free to do vigorously what they ought to do.
Sincerity is the way to heaven.
If the king loves music, there is little wrong in the land.
The Tao is near and people seek it far away.
Truth uttered before its time is always dangerous.
Evil exists to glorify the good. Evil is negative good. It is a relative term. Evil can be transmuted into good. What is evil to one at one time, becomes good at another time to somebody else.
Great is the man who has not lost his childlike heart.
He who wishes to be benevolent will not be rich.
There is no greater delight than to be conscious of sincerity on self-examination.
The great man is he who does not lose his childlike heart.
The great man is he who does not lose his child's-heart.
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