Confucius said, “If all you do is chase after profit, people will resent you.”
Confucius said, “The noble person knows what’s fair. The small person knows what pays.”
Confucius rarely spoke of profit, fate, or humaneness.
Confucius said, “Yan Hui is nearly there—and he is almost always broke.
“Zigong is not wealthy by fate, but he’s gone into business, and his speculations are almost always right on target.”
Confucius said, “In serving your ruler, duty is primary. Salary is secondary.”
Zizhang said, “A person is sufficient if they’re ready to lay down their lives to follow orders, keep fairness in mind when faced with opportunities for personal gain, conduct sacrifices with respect, and mourn with sorrow.”