Confucius said, “A person who doesn’t think about the troubles of the future is sure to find troubles in the present.”
Confucius said, “Clever speech undermines virtue. Impatience with small details undermines great plans.”
Confucius said, “A noble person makes plans for the sake of the Way, not for making a living. Till the fields and you still might go hungry. Study and you may make a career of it. A noble person worries about finding the Way, not about being poor.”
Confucius said, “If your paths differ, there’s no point in making plans together.”
Those who withdrew from the world were Bo Yi and Shu Qi; Yu Zhong, Yi Yi, and Zhu Zhang; Liuxia Hui and Shao Lian.
Confucius said, “Never compromising, never accepting insult—that’s Bo Yi and Shu Qi. Liuxia Hui and Shao Lian compromised and suffered insults, but their words were morally sound and their actions always followed their plans—they managed that much.
“Yu Zhong and Yi Yi hid themselves away and gave up speech. They remained pure, and they were expedient in giving up the world.
“But I am different from all these. I have no preconceived rules on what should and shouldn’t be done.”