It is a serious matter to lose one’s virtue.
Better crack the drum than let the standard fall.
When the mirror is highly polished, the dust will not defile it.
Swim with one foot on the ground.
The sea cannot be scooped up in a tumbler.
If you have money and use it in charity, it won’t be lost.
When a worthless man has much wealth, it increases his faults.
When families quarrel, outsiders deride.
The farmer hopes for rain, the traveller for fine weather.
Wine is a poison to secrets.
There are pictures in poems, and poems in pictures.
When words are many there may be error.
The superior man’s life is at the service of heaven.
The man may be bad whilst his manners are not.
Virtuous men are a kingdom’s treasure.
Though breakfast be good, dinner is better.
When a rich man becomes poor he becomes a teacher.
Unjustly gotten happiness are followed by calamity.
Water can both sustain and upset a ship.
The superior man’s heart is liberal and indulgent; the mean man’s heart is selfish and mean.