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When prosperity comes, do not use all of it.

When we see men of worth, we should think of equaling them; when we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine ourselves.

When you are laboring for others let it be with the same zeal as if it were for yourself.

When you have faults, do not fear to abandon 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.

When you see a good man, try to emulate his example, and when you see a bad man, search yourself for his faults.

Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.

While the gentleman cherishes benign rule, the small man cherishes his native land. While the gentleman cherishes a respect for the law, the small man cherishes generous treatment.

While you are not able to serve men, how can you serve spirits [of the dead]?...While you do not know life, how can you know about death?

Wisdom, compassion, and courage are the three universally recognized moral qualities of men.

With coarse rice to eat, with water to drink, and my bended arm for a pillow - I have still joy in the midst of these things. Riches and honors acquired by unrighteousness are to me as a floating cloud.

Without an acquaintance with the rules of propriety, it is impossible for the character to be established.

Without feelings of respect, what is there to distinguish men from beasts?

Without knowing the force of words, it is impossible to know more.

You cannot open a book without learning something.

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