When people lack teachers, their tendencies are not corrected when they do not have ritual and moral principles, then their lawlessness is not controlled.
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.
The rigid cause themselves to be broken the pliable cause themselves to be bound.
The coming of honor or disgrace must be a reflection of one's inner power.
Sacrifices are concerned with the feelings of devotion and longing.
Pride and excess bring disaster for man.
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
If the impulse to daring and bravery is too fierce and violent, stay it with guidance and instruction.
I once tried thinking for an entire day, but I found it less valuable than one moment of study.
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.
If the quickness of the mind and the fluency of the tongue are too punctilious and sharp, moderate them in your activity and rest.
The person attempting to travel two roads at once will get nowhere.
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.
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.
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.
In antiquity the sage kings recognized that men's nature is bad and that their tendencies were not being corrected and their lawlessness controlled.
Human nature refers to what is in people but which they cannot study or work at achieving.
Human nature is what Heaven supplies.
Human nature is evil, and goodness is caused by intentional activity.
Music is a fantastic peacekeeper of the world, it is integral to harmony, and it is a required fundamental of human emotion.
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.
Mencius said that human nature is good. I disagree with that.
When you locate good in yourself, approve of it with determination. When you locate evil in yourself, despise it as something detestable.