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Those who follow the part of themselves which is great are great men; those who follow the part which is little are little men. Mencius

The fruit of humanity is devotion to one's parents. The fruit of righteousness is to respect one's elders. The fruit of wisdom is to understand these two and not to betray them. The fruit of propriety is to regulate and polish them. The fruit of music is the joy that comes from rejoicing in them. When one rejoices in them, they grow. When they grow, how can they be stopped? And when they cannot be stopped, unconsciously one's feet begin to dance and one's arms begin to wave. Mencius

Never has there been one possessed of complete sincerity who did not move others. Never has there been one who had not sincerity who was able to move others. Mencius

Men must decide on what they will not do, and then they are able to act with vigor in what they ought to do. Mencius

Listen to a man's words and look at the pupil of his eye. How can a man conceal his character? Mencius

I dislike death, however, there are some things I dislike more than death. Therefore, there are times when I will not avoid danger. Mencius

The regular path of virtue is to be pursued without any bend, and from no view to emolument. Mencius

Truth uttered before its time is dangerous. Mencius

People are eager to comment on something when they themselves are not in the situation of doing it. Mencius

When Heaven is about to confer a great office on a man, it first exercises his mind with suffering, and his sinews and bones with toil ; it exposes his body to hunger, and subjects him to extreme poverty ; it confounds his undertakings. By all these methods it stimulates his mind, hardens his nature, and supplies his incompetencies. Mencius

The way of truth is like a great road. It is not difficult to know it. The evil is only that men will not seek it. Do you go home and search for it. Mencius

The poor attend to their own virtue in solitude. Mencius

Only when someone refuses to do certain things will he be capable of doing great things. Mencius

If the King loves music, it is well with the land. Mencius

Benevolence is one of the distinguishing characters of man. Mencius

If you know the point of balance, You can settle the details. If you can settle the details, You can stop running around. Your mind will become calm. If your mind becomes calm, You can think in front of a tiger. If you can think in front of a tiger, You will surely succeed. Mencius

The feeling of right or wrong is the beginning of wisdom Mencius

Is it only the mouth and belly which are injured by hunger and thirst? Men's minds are also injured by them. Mencius

Friendship with a man is friendship with his virtue. Mencius

It is not difficult to govern. All one has to do is not to offend the noble families. Mencius

Incessant falls teach men to reform, and distress rouses their strength. Life springs from calamity, and death from ease. Mencius

The best things in life come in threes, like friends, dreams, and memories. Mencius

The way is One and only One. The way is close at hand, but men seek it afar. Mencius

The great man is he who does not lose his child's heart. Mencius

To feed men and not to love them is to treat them as if they were barnyard cattle. To love them and not respect them is to treat them as if they were household pets. Mencius

A Great man is he who does not lose his childlike heart. Mencius

The people turn in allegiance to Humanity, as surely as water flows downward or as a wild animal takes cover in the wilderness. Mencius

Try your best to treat others as you would wish to be treated yourself, and you will find that this is the shortest way to benevolence Mencius

To act without clear understanding, to form habits without investigation, to follow a path all one's life without knowing where it really leads; such is the behavior of the multitude. Mencius

So I like life and I like righteousness; if I cannot keep the two together, I will let life go and choose righteousness. Mencius

Friendship with a man is friendship with his virtue, and does not admit of assumptions of superiority. Mencius

If you let people follow their feelings, they will be able to do good. This is what is meant by saying that human nature is good. Mencius

The root of the kingdom is in the state. The root of the state is in the family. The root of the family is in the person of its head. Mencius

Evil exists to glorify the good. Evil is negative good. It is a relative term. Evil can be transmuted into good. What is evil to one at one time, becomes good at another time to somebody else. Mencius

The Way lies at hand yet it is sought afar off; the thing lies in the easy yet it is sought in the difficult. Mencius

The myriad things are complete in us. There is no greater joy than to reflect on ourselves and become sincere. Mencius

He whose goodness is part of himself, is what is called a real man. Mencius

The five kinds of grains are considered good plants, but if the grains are not ripe, they are worse than cockles. It is the same with regard to kindness, which must grow into maturity. Mencius

Virtue alone is not sufficient for the exercise of government; laws alone cannot carry themselves into practice. Mencius

The great man does not think beforehand of his words that they may be sincere, nor of his actions that they may be resolute- he simply speaks and does what is right. Mencius

The man of true greatness never loses his child's heart. Mencius

Human nature is disposed to do good. Mencius

The way is near, but men seek it afar. It is in easy things, but men seek for it in difficult things. Mencius

All people have the common desire to be elevated in honour, but all people have something still more elevated in themselves without knowing it. Mencius

The way of learning is none other than finding the lost mind. Mencius

Friendship is one mind in two bodies. Mencius

Let men decide firmly what they will not do, and they will be free to do vigorously what they ought to do. Mencius

Secure property in hand leads to peace in mind. Mencius

The path of duty lies in what is near, and men seek for it in what is remote; the work of duty lies in what is easy, and men seek for it in what is difficult. Mencius

In abundance prepare for scarcity. Mencius

Sincerity is the way to heaven; to think how to be sincere is the way of man. Mencius

Where it is permissible both to die and not to die, it is an abuse of valour to die. Mencius

He who exerts his mind to the utmost knows his nature Mencius

There is the work of great men and there is the work of little men. Therefore it is said, 'Some labor with their minds and some labor with their strength. Those who labor with their minds govern others; those who labor with their strength are governed by others.'1 Those who are governed by others support them; those who govern them are supported by them. This is a universal principle. Mencius

Never lose your child's heart. Mencius

The feeling of commiseration is the beginning of humanity; the feeling of shame and dislike is the beginning of righteousness; the feeling of deference and compliance is the beginning of propriety; and the feeling of right or wrong is the beginning of wisdom.Men have these Four Beginnings just as they have their four limbs. Having these Four Beginnings, but saying that they cannot develop them is to destroy themselves. Mencius

We live, not as we wish to, but as we can. Mencius

A trail through the mountains, if used, becomes a path in a short time, but, if unused, becomes blocked by grass in an equally short time. Mencius

Human nature is good, just as water seeks low ground. There is no man who is not good, just as there is no water that does not flow downward. Mencius

There is a power in everything; it is the job of the artist to determine it and express it. Mencius

He who loves others is constantly loved by them. He who respects others is constantly respected by them. Mencius

It is true that water will flow indifferently to east and west, but will it flow equally well up and down? Human nature is disposed toward goodness, just as water tends to flow downwards. There is no water but flows downwards, and no man but shows his tendency to be good. Now, by striking water hard, you may splash it higher than your forehead, and by damming it, you may make it go uphill. But, is that the nature of water? It is external force that causes it to do so. Likewise, if a man is made to do what is not good, his nature is being similarly forced. Mencius

Heaven sees as the people see. Heaven hears as the people hear. Mencius

He who respects others is respected by them. Mencius

A small country cannot contend with a great; the few cannot contend with the many; the weak cannot contend with the strong Mencius

Friends are the siblings God never gave us. Mencius

He who attends to his greater self becomes a great man, and he who attends to his smaller self becomes a small man. Mencius

People can have a long-term life plan only if they know their private property is secure. Mencius

Kindly words do not enter so deeply into men as a reputation for kindness. Mencius

Only when a man will not do some things is he capable of doing great things. Mencius



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