Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.
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 person attempting to travel two roads at once will get nowhere.
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.
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.
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.
Pride and excess bring disaster for man.
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.
When people lack teachers, their tendencies are not corrected; when they do not have ritual and moral principles, then their lawlessness is not controlled.
The noble person uses things; the lesser man is used by things.
One must remember equality, yet also be aware of difference, for if the people are allowed to act as it pleases them without coming up against displeasure, if one gives rein to its desires without setting [any] limit, it becomes confused and can no longer take delight in anything.
The coming of honor or disgrace must be a reflection of one's inner power.
The nature of man is evil; what is good in him is artificial.
Human nature is evil, and goodness is caused by intentional activity.
Human nature refers to what is in people but which they cannot study or work at achieving.
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.
If you wish to see the thousand years, look at today; if you wish to understand the millionfold, then look at the one or the two.
I once tried thinking for an entire day, but I found it less valuable than one moment of study.
Misery is evil; quarreling, a misfortune. There is only one possibility of avoiding both: a clear division of society. [Otherwise] the strong tyrannize the weak, the intelligent frighten the stupid, the inferior resist the superior, and the young mock the old.
If the quickness of the mind and the fluency of the tongue are too punctilious and sharp, moderate them in your activity and rest.
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.
You look upon the seasons with expectation and await them: wy not seize the seasonal opportunities and exploit them?
Those whose character is mean and vicious will rouse others to animosity against them.
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