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Human nature is evil, and goodness is caused by intentional activity.
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 refers to what is in people but which they cannot study or work at achieving.
If the impulse to daring and bravery is too fierce and violent, stay it with guidance and instruction.
If the quickness of the mind and the fluency of the tongue are too punctilious and sharp, moderate them in your activity and rest.
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 you concentrate on agriculture and industry and are frugal in expenditures, Heaven cannot impoverish your state.
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.
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.
Quarreling over food and drink, having neither scruples nor shame, not knowing right from wrong, not trying to avoid death or injury, not fearful of greater strength or of greater numbers, greedily aware only of food and drink - such is the bravery of the dog and boar.
Those whose character is mean and vicious will rouse others to animosity against them.
There are successful scholars, public-spirited scholars, upright scholars, cautious scholars, and those who are merely petty men.
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.
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.
Whether the gentleman is capable or not, he is loved all the same; conversely the petty man is loathed all the same.
In antiquity the sage kings recognized that men's nature is bad and that their tendencies were not being corrected and their lawlessness controlled.
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.
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.
Sacrifices are concerned with the feelings of devotion and longing.
Pride and excess bring disaster for man.
When you locate good in yourself, approve of it with determination. When you locate evil in yourself, despise it as something detestable.
Human nature is what Heaven supplies.
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.
I once tried thinking for an entire day, but I found it less valuable than one moment of study.
In order to properly understand the big picture, everyone should fear becoming mentally clouded and obsessed with one small section of truth.
I once tried standing up on my toes to see far out in the distance, but I found that I could see much farther by climbing to a high place.
A person is born with a liking for profit.
A person is born with desires of the eyes and ears, and a liking for beautiful sights and sounds. If he gives way to them, they will lead him to immorality and lack of restriction, and any ritual principles and propriety will be abandoned.
The rigid cause themselves to be broken; the pliable cause themselves to be bound.
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E. M. Forster
David D. Burns
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