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310 BC - 237 BC
If the gentleman has ability, he is magnanimous, generous, tolerant, and straightforward, through which he opens the way to instruct others.
The person attempting to travel two roads at once will get nowhere.
The petty man is eager to make boasts, yet desires that others should believe in him. He enthusiastically engages in deception, yet wants others to have affection for him. He conducts himself like an animal, yet wants others to think well of him.
Human nature is evil, and goodness is caused by intentional activity.
The rigid cause themselves to be broken; the pliable cause themselves to be bound.
A person is born with feelings of envy and hate. If he gives way to them, they will lead him to violence and crime, and any sense of loyalty and good faith will be abandoned.
In order to properly understand the big picture, everyone should fear becoming mentally clouded and obsessed with one small section of truth.
If the quickness of the mind and the fluency of the tongue are too punctilious and sharp, moderate them in your activity and rest.
Music is a fantastic peacekeeper of the world, it is integral to harmony, and it is a required fundamental of human emotion.
Quarreling over food and drink, having neither scruples nor shame, not knowing right from wrong, not trying to avoid death or injury, not fearful of greater strength or of greater numbers, greedily aware only of food and drink - such is the bravery of the dog and boar.
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Therefore, a person should first be changed by a teacher's instructions, and guided by principles of ritual. Only then can he observe the rules of courtesy and humility, obey the conventions and rules of society, and achieve order.
If the impulse to daring and bravery is too fierce and violent, stay it with guidance and instruction.
Sacrifices are concerned with the feelings of devotion and longing.
Pride and excess bring disaster for man.
The coming of honor or disgrace must be a reflection of one's inner power.
Those whose character is mean and vicious will rouse others to animosity against them.
Thus, that one can find no place to walk through the breadth of the earth is not because the earth is not tranquil but because the danger to every step of the traveler lies generally with words.
When people lack teachers, their tendencies are not corrected; when they do not have ritual and moral principles, then their lawlessness is not controlled.
When you locate good in yourself, approve of it with determination. When you locate evil in yourself, despise it as something detestable.
If knowledge and foresight are too penetrating and deep, unify them with ease and sincerity.
I once tried standing up on my toes to see far out in the distance, but I found that I could see much farther by climbing to a high place.
In antiquity the sage kings recognized that men's nature is bad and that their tendencies were not being corrected and their lawlessness controlled.
I once tried thinking for an entire day, but I found it less valuable than one moment of study.
Human nature refers to what is in people but which they cannot study or work at achieving.
Mencius said that human nature is good. I disagree with that.
If what the heart approves conforms to proper patterns, then even if one's desires are many, what harm would they be to good order?
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