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MENCIUS
Chinese philosopher
(371 BC - 289 BC)

A real man is he whose goodness is a part of himself.
      - [Goodness]

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

He who attends to his greater self becomes a great man, and he who attends to his smaller self becomes a small man.
      - [Character]

He who respects others is respected by them.
      - [Respect]

He whose goodness is part of himself, is what is called a real man.
      - [Goodness]

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.
      - [Goodness]

If the king loves music, there is little wrong in the land.
      - [Music]

In abundance prepare for scarcity.
      - [Abundance]

Incessant falls teach men to reform, and distress rouses their strength. Life springs from calamity, and death from ease.
      - [Affliction]

Kindly words do not enter so deeply into men as a reputation for kindness.
      - [Kindness]

Let men decide firmly what they will not do, and they will be free to do vigorously what they ought to do.
      - [Freedom]

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

Sincerity is the way of heaven; to think how to be sincere is the way of man.
      - [Sincerity]

So I like life and I like righteousness; if I cannot keep the two together, I will let life go and choose righteousness.
      - [Right]

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.
      - [Duty]

The regular path of virtue is to be pursued without any bend, and from no view to emolument.
      - [Virtue]

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.
      - [Truth]

Truth uttered before its time is always dangerous.
      - [Truth]

Virtue alone is not sufficient for the exercise of government; laws alone carry themselves into practice.
      - [Government]

We survive on adversity and perish in ease and comfort.
      - [Adversity]

What is the most important duty? One's duty toward one's parent.
      - [Duty]

If the prince of a State love benevolence, he will have no opponent in all the empire.
      - Works (bk. IV, pt. I, ch. 7) [Government]

Men must be decided on what they will not do, and then they are able to act with vigor in what they ought to do.
      - Works (bk. IV, pt. II, ch. VIII)
        [Decision]

The great man is he who does not lose his child's heart.
      - Works (bk. IV, pt. II, ch. XII)
        [Greatness]

There is no greater delight than to be conscious of sincerity on self-examination.
      - Works (bk. VII, ch. IV) [Sincerity]


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