If a man takes no thought about what is distant, he will
find sorrow near at hand.
If a man remembers what is right at the sign of
is ready to lay down his life in the face of danger, and does not forget
sentiments he has repeated all his life when he has been in straitened
circumstances for a long time, he may be said to be a complete man.
Fine words and an insinuating appearance are seldom
associated with true virtue.
Virtue is more to man than either water or fire. I have
seen men die from treading on water and fire, but I have never seen a
man die from treading the course of virtue.
If a man withdraws his mind from the
applies it as sincerely to the love of the virtuous; if, in serving his
parents, he can exert his utmost strength; if, in serving his prince, he
can devote his life; if in his intercourse with his friends, his words
are sincere – although men say that he has not learned, I will certainly
say that he has.
The determined scholar and
the man of virtue will not
seek to live at the expense of injuring their virtue. They will even
sacrifice their lives to preserve their virtue complete.