Chinese Philosopher Quotes


205 Chinese Philosopher quotes:



"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?"
"In antiquity the sage kings recognized that men's nature is bad and that their tendencies were not being corrected and their lawlessness controlled."
"In order to properly understand the big picture, everyone should fear becoming mentally clouded and obsessed with one small section of truth."
"Mencius said that human nature is good. I disagree with that."
"Music is a fantastic peacekeeper of the world, it is integral to harmony, and it is a required fundamental of human emotion."
"Now it is human nature to want to eat to ones fill when hungry, to want to warm up when cold, to want to rest when tired. These all are a part of people's emotional nature."
"Pride and excess bring disaster for man."
"Sacrifices are concerned with the feelings of devotion and longing."
"Since the nature of people is bad, to become corrected they must be taught by teachers and to be orderly they must acquire ritual and moral principles."
"The coming of honor or disgrace must be a reflection of one's inner power."
"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."
"The rigid cause themselves to be broken; the pliable cause themselves to be bound."
"There are successful scholars, public-spirited scholars, upright scholars, cautious scholars, and those who are merely petty men."
"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."
"Those whose character is mean and vicious will rouse others to animosity against them."
"Thus, anybody who follows this nature and gives way its states will be led into quarrels and conflicts, and go against the conventions and rules of society, and will end up a criminal."
"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 a man sees something desirable, he must reflect on the fact that with time it could come to involve what is detestable. When he sees something that is beneficial, he should reflect that sooner or later it, too, could come to involve harm."
"When people lack teachers, their tendencies are not corrected; when they do not have ritual and moral principles, then their lawlessness is not controlled."


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