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If you look into your own heart, you find nothing wrong there, what is there to fear?

He who conquers himself is the mightiest warrior.
Silence is the true friend that never betrays.
Life is really simple, but men insist on making it complicated.
The superior man acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his action.
To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must cultivate our personal life; and to cultivate our personal life, we must first set our hearts right.
Only the wisest and the stupidest of men never change.
What the superior person seeks is in themselves. What the mean person seeks is in others.
The way of the superior person is threefold; virtuous, they are free from anxieties; wise, they are free from perplexities; and bold, they are free from fear.
If you think in terms of a year, plant a seed; if in terms of ten years, plant trees; if in terms of 100 years, teach the people.
Learning without thought is labor lost. Thought without learning is perilous.
The superior man thinks always of virtue; the common man thinks of comfort.
By three methods we may learn wisdom: First, by reflection, which is noblest; Second, by imitation, which is easiest; and third by experience, which is the bitterest.
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.
Chose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.
The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell.
Study the past if you would divine the future.
It is better to conquer yourself than to win a thousand battles. Then the victory is yours. It cannot be taken from you, not by angels or by demons, heaven or hell.
Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.
The perfecting of one's self is the fundamental base of all progress and all moral development.
He who wishes to secure the good of others has already secured his own.
The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools.
What you do not want others to do to you, do not do to others.
Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.
A man who has committed a mistake and doesn't correct it is committing another mistake.
The father who does not teach his son his duties is equally guilty with the son who neglects them.
Acquire new knowledge whilst thinking over the old, and you may become a teacher of others.
To know is to know that you know nothing. That is the meaning of true knowledge.
The essence of knowledge is, having it, to apply it; not having it, to confess your ignorance.
Minds that are ill at ease are agitated by both hope and fear.
Excellence is an art won by training and habituation. We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have those because we have acted rightly. We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit.
Charles V. said that a man who knew four languages was worth four men; and Alexander the Great so valued learning, that he used to say he was more indebted to Aristotle for giving him knowledge that, than his father Philip for giving him life.

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