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Xun Zi Quotes

Whether the gentleman is capable or not, he is loved all the same; conversely the petty man is loathed all the same.
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Whether the gentleman is capable or not, he is loved all the same; conversely the petty man is loathed all the same.

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If the gentleman has ability, he is magnanimous, generous, tolerant, and straightforward, through which he opens the way to instruct others.

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If the impulse to daring and bravery is too fierce and violent, stay it with guidance and instruction.

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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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Human nature is evil, and goodness is caused by intentional activity.

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Human nature refers to what is in people but which they cannot study or work at achieving.

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A person is born with a liking for profit.

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When people lack teachers, their tendencies are not corrected; when they do not have ritual and moral principles, then their lawlessness is not controlled.

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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.

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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.

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