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The gem cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.
[Adversity]
 

The general of a large army may be defeated, but you cannot defeat the determined mind of a peasant.
[Will]
 

The grass must bend when the wind blows across it.
[Acceptance]
 

The heart of a wise man should resemble a mirror, which reflects every object without being sullied by any.
[Heart]
 

The injury of prodigality leads to this, that he that will not economize will have to agonize.
 

The man of virtue makes the difficulty to be overcome his first business, and success only a subsequent consideration.
 

The man who chases two rabbits catches neither.
[Focus]
 

The man who in view of gain thinks of righteousness; who in the view of danger is prepared to give up his life; and who does not forget an old agreement however far back it extends - such a man may be reckoned a complete man.
 

The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.
 

The more man meditates upon good thoughts, the better will be his world and the world at large.
 

The nature of men is always the same; it is their habits that separate them.
 

The object of the superior man is truth.
 

The people may be made to follow a path of action, but they may not be made to understand it.
 

The scholar who cherishes the love of comfort is not fit to be deemed a scholar.
 

The strength of a nation derives from the integrity of the home.
 

The superior man acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his action.
[Action]
 

The superior man cannot be known in little matters, but he may be entrusted with great concerns. The small man may not be entrusted with great concerns, but he may be known in little matters.
 

The superior man is distressed by the limitations of his ability; he is not distressed by the fact that men do not recognize the ability that he has.
 

The superior man is firm in the right way, and not merely firm.
 

The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in his actions.
[Action]
 


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