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I do not want a friend who smiles when I smile, who weeps when I weep, for my shadow in the pool can do better than that.
 

I have not seen a person who loved virtue, or one who hated what was not virtuous. He who loved virtue would esteem nothing above it.
 

I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand.
 

I see and I believe.
 

I want you to be everything that's you, deep at the center of your being.
[Being]
 

I will not be concerned at other men's not knowing me;I will be concerned at my own want of ability.
[Merit]
 

If a man remembers what is right at the sign of profit, is ready to lay down his life in the face of danger, and does not forget sentiments he has repeated all his life when he has been in straitened circumstances for a long time, he may be said to be a complete man.
 

If a man takes no thought about what is distant, he will find sorrow near at hand.
[Foresight]
 

If a man withdraws his mind from the love of beauty, and applies it as sincerely to the love of the virtuous; if, in serving his parents, he can exert his utmost strength; if, in serving his prince, he can devote his life; if in his intercourse with his friends, his words are sincere - although men say that he has not learned, I will certainly say that he has.
 

If I am walking with two other men, each of them will serve as my teacher. I will pick out the good points of the one and imitate them, and the bad points of the other and correct them in myself.
 

If language is not correct, then what is said is not what is meant; if what is said is not what is meant, then what must be done remains undone; if this remains undone, morals and art will deteriorate; if justice goes astray, the people will stand about in helpless confusion. Hence there must be no arbitrariness in what is said. This matters above everything.
 

If the search for riches were sure to be successful, though I should become a groom with a whip in my hand to get them, I will do so. As the search may not be successful, I will follow after that which I love.
[Riches]
 

If we don't know life, how can we know death?
 

If you look into your own heart, and you find nothing wrong there, what is there to worry about? What is there to fear?
 

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.
 

Ignorance is the night of the mind, but a night without moon and star.
[Ignorance]
 

In a country well governed, poverty is something to be ashamed of. In a country badly governed, wealth is something to be ashamed of.
 

In his errors a man is true to type. Observe the errors and you will know the man.
 

Instead of being concerned that you have no office, be concerned to think how you may fit yourself for office. Instead of being concerned that you are not known, be worthy of being known.
[Being]
 

Is virtue a thing remote? I wish to be virtuous, and lo! Virtue is at hand.
 


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