The passage of time is just like the flow of water, which goes on day and night.
The people are the most important element in a state; next are the gods of land and grain; least is the ruler himself.
Nothing can separate people with common goals and ideals, not even mountains and seas.
Drain not the pond to catch fish; burn not up whole tracts of forests to hunt animals.
Distance cannot separate true friends who feel so close even when they are thousands of miles apart.
All living creatures grow together without harming one another; ways run parallel without interfering with one another.
From shore to shore, it is wide at high tide, and before fair wind a sail is lifting.
Unless you pile up little steps, you can never journey a thousand miles; unless you pile up tiny streams, you can never make a river or a sea.
If two people are of the same mind, their sharpness can cut through metal.
A good citizen in one community will befriend the other citizens of the community; a good citizen of the world will befriend the other citizens of the world.