Today the major reason for our interest in Flatland is that for the first time we can achieve some of the dreams of our ancestors a century ago and obtain direct visual experience of phenomena in a dimension higher than our own.
All of us are slaves to the prejudices of our own dimension.
The slicing technique from Flatland still remains one of the most powerful tools for dealing with aggregates in higher dimensions.
The superior man thinks always of virtue; the common man thinks of comfort. Confu
The man of perfect virtue, wishing to be established himself, seeks also to establish others; wishing to be enlarged himself, he seeks also to enlarge others.
Coarse rice to eat, water to drink, my bended arm for a pillow - therein is happiness. Wealth and rank attained through immoral means are nothing but drifting clouds.
Among us, in our part of the country, those who are upright are different from this. The father conceals the misconduct of the son, and the son conceals the misconduct of the father. Uprightness is to be found in this.
The demands that a great man makes are on himself; those of a petty man are upon others.
Speak the truth, do not yield to anger; give, if thou art asked for little; by these three steps thou wilt go near the gods.
An inconvenience is an unrecognized opportunity.
The superior man does what is proper to the station in which he is; he does not desire to go beyond this.
Man who eat many prunes get good run for money.
To see what is right and not to do it is want of courage, or of principle.
Silence is the true friend that never betrays.
Love of goodness without love of learning degenerates into simple-mindedness. Love of knowledge without love of learning degenerates into utter lack of principle. Love of faithfulness without love of learning degenerates into injurious disregard of consequences. Love of uprightness without love of l
Wisdom, humanity & courage, these three are universal virtues. The way by which they are practiced are one.
Your eyes are always bigger than your stomach.
The Master said of Gong Yechang, â€œHe is marriageable. Although he was once imprisoned and branded as a criminal, he was in fact innocent of any crime.â€ The Master gave him his daughter in marriage. (Analects 5.1)
The superior man does not mind being in office; all he minds about is whether he has qualities that entitle him to office. He does not mind failing to get recognition; he is too busy doing the things that entitle him to recognition.
Respect the gods and the devils but keep them at a distance
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.
The superior man understands what is right; the inferior man understands what will sell.
The superior man is distressed by his want (lack) of ability