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" Let men decide firmly what they will not do, and they will be free to do vigorously what they ought to do. "
" A trail through the mountains, if used, becomes a path in a short time, but, if unused, becomes blocked by grass in an equally short time. "
" Secure property in hand leads to peace in mind. "
" Only when a man will not do some things is he capable of doing great things. "
" Sincerity is the way to heaven. "
" Every duty is a charge, but the charge of oneself is the root of all others. "
" Without effective protection of the citizens' right to property, it will be difficult to attract and accumulate valuable capital. "
" If the king loves music, there is little wrong in the land. "
" There is no greater delight than to be conscious of sincerity on self-examination. "
" It is not difficult to govern. All one has to do is not to offend the noble families. "
" Friends are the siblings God never gave us. "
" The root of the kingdom is in the state. The root of the state is in the family. The root of the family is in the person of its head. "
" The people are the most important element in a nation; the spirits of the land and grain are the next; the sovereign is the least. "
" Friendship is one mind in two bodies. "
" Evil exists to glorify the good. Evil is negative good. It is a relative term. Evil can be transmuted into good. What is evil to one at one time, becomes good at another time to somebody else. "
" People can have a long-term life plan only if they know their private property is secure. "
" Friendship with a man is friendship with his virtue. "
" If Confucius wasn't born, the long night would have no bright lamp. "
" The great man is he who does not lose his child's-heart. "
" Mankind fears an evil man but heaven does not. "
" Truth uttered before its time is always dangerous. "
" Kindly words do not enter so deeply into men as a reputation for kindness. "
" He who attends to his greater self becomes a great man, and he who attends to his smaller self becomes a small man. "
" I like fish, and I also like bear's paws. If I cannot have the two together, I will let the fish go, and take the bear's paws. So, I like life, and I also like righteousness. If I cannot keep the two together, I will let life go, and choose righteousness. "