Men honor what lies within the sphere of their knowledge, but do not realize how dependent they are on what lies beyond it.
Quarreling over food and drink, having neither scruples nor shame, not knowing right from wrong, not trying to avoid death or injury, not fearful of greater strength or of greater numbers, greedily aware only of food and drink – such is the bravery of the dog and boar.
Classes struggle, some classes triumph, others are eliminated. Such is history; such is the history of civilization for thousands of years.
You cannot open a book without learning something.
Somebody who was born in this country who visited China would later face difficulty getting back in to the USA. We have to keep in mind that the struggles of the Chinese against these exclusion laws really laid down the foundations of civil rights law.
I cannot be silent when facing these evils against women and children.
If the king loves music, there is little wrong in the land.
If knowledge and foresight are too penetrating and deep, unify them with ease and sincerity.
Those who wish to promote the welfare of the people should advance in solidarity with them and select the path most suitable for them. Since the history of our people is different from that of the people of the West, the steps that the two peoples choose to take in order to advance must also be different.
If Confucius wasn’t born, the long night would have no bright lamp.