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.
Music is a fantastic peacekeeper of the world, it is integral to harmony, and it is a required fundamental of human emotion.
Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.
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.
Man's nature is evil; goodness is the result of conscious activity.
If there is no dull and determined effort, there will be no brilliant achievement.
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 person attempting to travel two roads at once will get nowhere.
Pride and excess bring disaster for man.
Human nature refers to what is in people but which they cannot study or work at achieving.
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.
You look upon the seasons with expectation and await them: wy not seize the seasonal opportunities and exploit them?
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.
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.
Mencius said that human nature is good. I disagree with that.
When people lack teachers, their tendencies are not corrected; when they do not have ritual and moral principles, then their lawlessness is not controlled.
Human nature is evil, and goodness is caused by intentional activity.
They are done merely for ornament. ... the common people regard them as supernatural.
I once tried thinking for an entire day, but I found it less valuable than one moment of study.
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.
The coming of honor or disgrace must be a reflection of one's inner power.
The rigid cause themselves to be broken; the pliable cause themselves to be bound.
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?
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.
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