The superior man makes the difficulty to be overcome his first interest; success comes only later.
Without feelings of respect, what is there to distinguish men from beasts?
Virtue is not left to stand alone. He who practices it will have neighbors.
It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve; and bad things are very easy to get.
The way of a superior man is threefold: Virtuous, he is free from anxieties; wise, he is free from perplexities; bold, he is free from fear.
Never give a sword to a man who can't dance.