Were I to await perfection, my book would never be finished.
What centenarian has 36,000 days of pleasure?
What exists in the morning we cannot be certain of in the evening; what exists in the evening we cannot calculate upon for the next morning. The fortunes of men are as uncertain as the winds and clouds of heaven.
Undignified teaching proves a lazy master.
Until you go to the Yellow River you will not be satisfied.
Virtue becomes a wife; beauty becomes a concubine.
Water and words are easy to pour but impossible to recover.
Wealth among men is like dew among plants; Foam on the waves is the fame which earth grants.
When the root is deep, winds rage unheeded; can slanting moon beams trouble an upright tree?
Use attack as the tactic of defense.
Virtue is not left to stand alone.
Water can both sustain and upset a ship.
Wealth and honor have their root and cleverness its seed.
Union of bad men.
Use power to curb power.
Virtue is the foundation of happiness, vice the presage of misery.
Water once spilt cannot be gathered up again; passions once indulged cannot be restrained.
Wealth excites men; children awaken their affections.
Dry fuel rears a blazing fire.
Use the little to get the big.
Virtue never dwells alone; it always has neighbors.