The book salesman should be honored because he brings to our attention, as a rule, the very books we need most and neglect most.
The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.
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.
The virtuous man is driven by responsibility, the non-virtuous man is driven by profit.
If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people.
It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.
A gentleman would be ashamed should his deeds not match his words.
Humility is the solid foundation of all virtues.
You cannot open a book without learning something.
Heaven means to be one with God.
It is more shameful to distrust our friends than to be deceived by them.
When you know a thing, to hold that you know it, and when you do not know a thing, to allow that you do not know it – this is knowledge.
A superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.
If you look into your own heart, and you find nothing wrong there, what is there to worry about? What is there to fear?