Only when a man will not do some things is he capable of doing great things.
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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.
Friendship with a man is friendship with his virtue.
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.
Secure property in hand leads to peace in mind.
Sincerity is the way to heaven.
We live, not as we wish to, but as we can.
Let men decide firmly what they will not do, and they will be free to do vigorously what they ought to do.
There is no greater delight than to be conscious of sincerity on self-examination.