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In order to properly understand the big picture,
by Xun Zi

In order to properly understand the big picture,
everyone should fear becoming mentally clouded and
obsessed with one small section of truth.
- Xun Zi

If knowledge and foresight are too penetrating and deep,
unify them with ease and sincerity.
- Xun Zi

Pride and excess bring disaster for man.
- Xun Zi

Mencius said that human nature is good.
I disagree with that.
- Xun Zi

 

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

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.
- Xun Zi

Those whose character is mean and vicious will rouse
others to animosity against them.
- Xun Zi

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If the quickness of the mind and the fluency of the
tongue are too punctilious and sharp,
moderate them in your activity and rest.
- Xun Zi

There are successful scholars, public-spirited scholars,
upright scholars, cautious scholars,
and those who are merely petty men.
- Xun Zi

The rigid cause themselves to be broken;
the pliable cause themselves to be bound.
- Xun Zi

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.
- Xun Zi

A person is born with a liking for profit.
- Xun Zi

Human nature is such that people are born with a love
of profit If they follow these inclinations,
they will struggle and snatch from each other,
and inclinations to defer or yield will die.
- Xun Zi

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

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.
- Xun Zi

If the blood humor is too strong and robust,
calm it with balance and harmony.
- Xun Zi

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.
- Xun Zi

When you locate good in yourself, approve of it with determination.
When you locate evil in yourself, despise it as something detestable.
- Xun Zi

Music is a fantastic peacekeeper of the world,
it is integral to harmony, and it is a required fundamental of human emotion.
- Xun Zi

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?
- Xun Zi

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.
- Xun Zi

The person attempting to travel two roads at once will get nowhere.
- Xun Zi

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

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

Human nature is what Heaven supplies.
- Xun Zi

The coming of honor or disgrace must be a reflection of one's inner power.
- Xun Zi

In antiquity the sage kings recognized that men's nature
is bad and that their tendencies were not being corrected
and their lawlessness controlled.
- Xun Zi

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

When you concentrate on agriculture and industry and
are frugal in expenditures,
Heaven cannot impoverish your state.
- Xun Zi

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

I once tried thinking for an entire day,
but I found it less valuable than one moment of study.
- Xun Zi

Sacrifices are concerned with the feelings of devotion and longing.
- Xun Zi

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.
- Xun Zi

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.
- Xun Zi

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.
- Xun Zi

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.
- Xun Zi

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.
- Xun Zi

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.
- Xun Zi

In order to succeed, you must first be willing to fail.
- Anonymous

Never be fooled into believing that
there is one speck out of order.
- Byron Katie

In order to discover new lands,
one must be willing to lose sight
of the shore for a very long time.
- Anonymous

There is so much we can never know.
Breathe deeply and relax into the not-knowing.
There is much that we do not have to know
in order to live joyfully.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

We must be proactive in our love
in order for it to change our lives.
- Marianne Williamson

In order to succeed, your desire for success should
be greater than your fear of failure.
- Bill Cosby

"Go to the people and live among them
in order to know them and learn from them.
- Jimmy Yen

In all chaos there is a cosmos,
in all disorder a secret order.
- Carl Jung

Do not think that love,
in order to be genuine,
has to be extraordinary.
What we need is to love without getting tired.
- Mother Teresa

It is any day better to stand erect
with a broken and bandaged head
then to crawl on one's belly,
in order to be able to save one's head.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

Most of us love, to be sure.
Yet far too often our love is passive.
We must be proactive in our love
in order for it to change our lives.
- Marianne Williamson

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life.
It turns what we have into enough, and more.
It turns denial into acceptance,
chaos to order, confusion to clarity.
It can turn a meal into a feast,
a house into a home, a stranger into a friend.
Gratitude makes sense of our past,
brings peace for today,
and creates a vision for tomorrow.
- Melody Beattie

The mind of man is continuously unfolding
into a greater recognition of its real plan
in the creative order of the Universe.
- Ernest Holmes

The more laws and order are made prominent,
the more thieves and robbers there will be.
- Lao Tzu

Do you not know that there comes a midnight hour
when every one has to throw off his mask?
Do you believe that life will always let itself be mocked?
Do you think you can slip away a little before midnight
in order to avoid this? Or are you not terrified by it?
I have seen men in real life who so long deceived others
that at last their true nature could not reveal itself;...
In every man there is something which to a certain degree
prevents him from becoming perfectly transparent to himself;
and this may be the case in so high a degree,
he may be so inexplicably woven into relationships of life
which extend far beyond himself that he almost cannot reveal himself.
But he who cannot reveal himself cannot love,
and he who cannot love is the most unhappy man of all.
- Soren Kierkegaard

Occurrences in this domain are beyond the reach of exact prediction
because of the variety of factors in operation,
not because of any lack of order in nature.
- Albert Einstein

Most unhappiness comes from resisting life.
Occasionally, you have such a strong commitment
to changing the world order that it is worth
struggling against the flow of life.
But don't live your life as if each minor happening
were a matter of life and death.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I want to share with you the three rules
that I have in order to accept an apprentice.
Rule Number 1: Don't believe me.
I don't want you to believe me
but I want you to listen and make choices - your choices.
If what I say, doesn't work for you, leave it.
But if it works for you and that's what you want, then make it yours.
Rule Number 2: Don't believe yourself.
Why? Because most of your belief system is a lie - it's not true.
And by believing yourself, you create all the limitations
that don't allow you to be what you really are.
Don't believe yourself. Listen to what you say,
listen to what you think, listen to what you believe.
And when you listen, open your ears, open your mind,
open your intelligence and make choices.
Rule 3 is, don't believe anybody else.
Don't believe them at all.
Open your ears and your mind; listen and make choices.
- don Miguel Ruiz

The man who promises everything, is sure to fulfill nothing,
and everyone who promises too much is in danger of
using evil means in order to carry out his promises,
and is already on the road to perdition.
- Carl Jung

The very nature of the world is constant change.
You set a goal and create a plan to achieve it;
then the assumptions on which you
based your plan change - they always do.
The challenge is to retain your goals
while adapting your tactics.
Relax and stay flexible in order to reach
your goals and maintain your happiness.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

In order to become the master, the politician poses as the servant.
- Charles de Gaulle

We all have dreams.
But in order to make dreams come into reality,
it takes an awful lot of determination,
dedication, self-discipline, and effort.
- Jesse Owens

What people want, above all, is order.
- Stephen Gardiner

A story should have a beginning, a middle,
and an end...
but not necessarily in that order.
- Jean-Luc Godard

Music when healthy, is the teacher of perfect order,
and when depraved, the teacher of perfect disorder.
- John Ruskin

I don't build in order to have clients.
I have clients in order to build.
- Ayn Rand

In order to be happy with a man,
you must understand him a lot and love him a little.
To be happy with a woman, you must love her a lot
and not try to understand her at all.
- Helen Rowland

I cry out for order and find it only in art.
- Helen Hayes

If in the least particular, one could
derange the order of nature,
who would accept the gift of life?
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

In order to get beyond racism, we must first take account of race.
There is no other way.
And in order to treat some persons equally,
we must treat them differently.
- Harry A. Blackmun

You need imagination in order to imagine a future that doesn't exist.
- Azar Nafisi

Our individual lives cannot, generally,
be works of art unless the social order is also.
- Charles Horton Cooley

I haven't, in the 23 years that I have been in the
uniformed services of the United States of America,
ever violated an order - not one.
- Oliver North


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