Not having heard something is not as good as having heard it; having heard it is not as good as having seen it; having seen it is not as good as knowing it; knowing it is not as good as putting it into practice.
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.
Music is a fantastic peacekeeper of the world, it is integral to harmony, and it is a required fundamental of human emotion.
Man's nature is evil; goodness is the result of conscious activity.
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.
Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.
If there is no dull and determined effort, there will be no brilliant achievement.
Human nature refers to what is in people but which they cannot study or work at achieving.
Pride and excess bring disaster for man.
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.
Human nature is such that people are born with a love of profit If they follow these inclinations, they will struggle and snatch from each other, and inclinations to defer or yield will die.
The person attempting to travel two roads at once will get nowhere.
Men of all social stations live together: they are equal in their desires, yet vary in their methods; they are equal in their passions, yet different in their intelligence; that is their nature-given vitality.
When people lack teachers, their tendencies are not corrected; when they do not have ritual and moral principles, then their lawlessness is not controlled.
You look upon the seasons with expectation and await them: wy not seize the seasonal opportunities and exploit them?
Mencius said that human nature is good. I disagree with that.
Human nature is evil, and goodness is caused by intentional activity.
The drum is surely the lord of music, is it not?
In antiquity the sage kings recognized that men's nature is bad and that their tendencies were not being corrected and their lawlessness controlled.
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.
I once tried thinking for an entire day, but I found it less valuable than one moment of study.
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 knowledge and foresight are too penetrating and deep, unify them with ease and sincerity.
If the blood humor is too strong and robust, calm it with balance and harmony.
The nature of man is evil; what is good in him is artificial.
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