The wheel of fortune turns around incessantly, and who can say to himself, I shall today be uppermost.
A good man it is not mine to see. Could I see a man possessed of constancy that would satisfy me.
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, see to the worthy of being known.
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.
I will not be concerned at other men’s not knowing me; I will be concerned at my own want of ability.
When you are laboring for others let it be with the same zeal as if it were for yourself.
If names are not correct, language will not be in accordance with the truth of things.
Without knowing the force of words, it is impossible to know men.
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.
By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection which is noblest; second, by imitation, which is the easiest; and third, by experience, which is the bitterest.