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The superior man is satisfied and composed; the mean man is always full of distress.
 

The superior man is slow in his words and earnest in his conduct.
 

The superior man makes the difficulty to be overcome his first interest; success only comes later.
[Courage]
 

The superior man thinks always of virtue; the common man thinks of comfort.
 

The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell.
[Business]
 

The superior man will watch over himself when he is alone. He examines his heart that there may be nothing wrong there, and that he may have no cause of dissatisfaction with himself.
 

The superior man wishes to be slow in his words, and earnest in his conduct.
[Moderation]
 

The superior man, when resting in safety, does not forget that danger may come. When in a state of security he does not forget the possibility of ruin. When all is orderly, he does not forget that disorder may come. Thus his person is not endangered, and his States and all their clans are preserved.
 

The superior man...does not set his mind either for anything, or against anything; what is right he will follow.
 

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.
[Happiness]
 

The wheel of fortune turns round incessantly, and who can say to himself, ''I shall today be uppermost.''
[Fortune]
 

The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence.
 

There are three friendships which are advantageous: friendship with the upright, with the sincere, and with the man of much observation. - Friendship with the man of specious airs, with the insinuatingly soft, and with the glib-tongued, these are injurious.
[Friendship]
 

There are three marks of a superior man: being virtuous, he is free from anxiety; being wise, he is free from perplexity; being brave, he is free from fear.
[Superiority]
 

There are three methods to gaining wisdom. The first is reflection, which is the highest. The second is limitation, which is the easiest. The third is experience, which is the bitterest.
 

There are three things which the superior man guards against. In youth...lust. When he is strong...quarrelsomeness. When he is old...covetousness.
 

They must often change who would be constant in happiness or wisdom.
[Change]
 

Things that are done, it is needless to speak about...things that are past, it is needless to blame.
 

To acknowledge our faults when we are blamed, is modesty; to discover them to one's friends, in ingenuousness, is confidence; but to proclaim them to the world, if one does not take care, is pride.
[Faults]
 

To be able under all circumstances to practice five things constitutes perfect virtue; these five things are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness and kindness.
[Virtue]
 


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