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To be wronged is nothing unless you continue to remember it.
[Forgiveness]
 

To go beyond is as wrong as to fall short.
 

To govern is to correct. If you set an example by being correct, who would dare remain incorrect?
 

To know what is right and not to do it is the worst cowardice.
[Courage]
 

To lead an untrained people to war is to throw them away.
[Preparedness]
 

To practice five things under all circumstances constitutes perfect virtue; these five are gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness.
 

To put the world right in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must first put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must first cultivate our personal life; we must first set our hearts right.
 

To see and listen to the wicked is already the beginning of wickedness.
[Wickedness]
 

To see what is right and not to do it, is want of courage.
[Perception]
 

Tsze-Kung asked, saying, 'Is there one word which may serve as a rule of practice for all one's life?" The Master said, "Is not Reciprocity such a word? What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others."
 

Virtue is more to man than either water or fire. I have seen men die from treading on water and fire, but I have never seen a man die from treading the course of virtue.
 

Virtue is not left to stand alone. He who practices it will have neighbors.
 

Virtuous people often revenge themselves for the constraints to which they submit by the boredom which they inspire.
 

We should feel sorrow, but not sink under its oppression.
 

We should worship as though the Deity were present. If my mind is not engaged in my worship, it is as though I worshipped not.
[Worship]
 

What the superior man seeks is in himself; what the small man seeks is in others.
 

What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.
[Golden Rule]
 

When a man's knowledge is sufficient to attain, and his virtue is not sufficient to enable him to hold, whatever he may have gained, he will lose again.
 

When anger rises, think of the consequences.
[Anger]
 

When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don't adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.
[Action]
 


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