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Xun Zi Quotes and Sayings

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A person is born with a liking for profit.
- 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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Human nature is what Heaven supplies.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pride and excess bring disaster for man.
- 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A person without a sense of humor
is like a wagon without springs.
It's jolted by every pebble on the road.
- Henry Ward Beecher

You never really understand a person
until you consider things from his point of view.
- Harper Lee

Man is least himself when he talks in his own person.
Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth.
- Oscar Wilde

Love is when the other person's happiness
is more important than your own.
- H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

When a person doesn't have gratitude,
something is missing in his or her humanity.
A person can almost be defined by
his or her attitude toward gratitude.
- Elie Wiesel

I can't go back to yesterday -
because I was a different person then.
- Lewis Carroll

Friendship is born at that moment
when one person says to another,
"What! You too? I thought I was the only one."
- C. S. Lewis

Start living now.
Stop saving the good china
for that special occasion.
Stop withholding your love
until that special person materializes.
Every day you are alive is a special occasion.
Every minute, every breath, is a gift from God.
- Mary Manin Morrissey

A sense of humor... is needed armor.
Joy in one's heart and some laughter on one's lips
is a sign that the person down deep
has a pretty good grasp of life.
- Hugh Sidey

Don't marry the person you think you can live with;
marry only the individual you think you can't live without.
- James C. Dobson

There is only one way... to get anybody to do anything.
And that is by making the other person want to do it.
- Dale Carnegie

Obstacles are things a person sees when he takes his eyes off his goal.
- E. Joseph Cossman

A person acting from a motivation
of contribution and service
rises to such a level of moral authority
that worldly success is a natural result.
- Marianne Williamson

To dream of the person you would like to be
is to waste the person you are.
- Anonymous

The final forming of a person's character
lies in their own hands.
- Anne Frank

Never allow a person to tell you NO
who doesn't have the power to say YES.
- Eleanor Roosevelt

What is necessary to change a person is
to change his awareness of himself.
- Abraham Maslow

If there is any one secret of success,
it lies in the ability to get
the other person's point of view
and see things from that person's angle
as well as from your own.
- Henry Ford

To the world you may be one person,
but to one person you may be the world.
- Anonymous (attributed to Bill Wilson, Brandi Snyder and others)

The only fool bigger than the person who knows it all
is the person who argues with him.
- Stanislaw Jerszy Lec

The moment there is suspicion about a person's motives,
everything he does becomes tainted.
- Mohandas (Mahatma) Gandhi

There is no labor a person does that is undignified;
if they do it right.
- Bill Cosby

A happy person is not a person in a
certain set of circumstances,
but rather a person with a
certain set of attitudes.
- Hugh Downs

The first principle is that you must not fool yourself -
and you are the easiest person to fool.
- Richard Feynman

The difference between a successful person and others
is not a lack of strength,
not a lack of knowledge,
but rather a lack of will.
- Vince Lombardi

We really have to understand the person we want to love.
If our love is only a will to possess, it is not love.
- Thich Nhat Hanh

When you find peace within yourself,
you become the kind of person who can live at peace with others.
- Peace Pilgrim

A person with a new idea is
a crank until the idea succeeds.
- Mark Twain

The highest reward for a person's toil
is not what they get for it,
but what they become by it.
- John Ruskin

Difficulties are things that show a person what he is.
- Epictetus

The choice is to work alone to be a little
more successful than the next person,
or to work together for the great betterment of humanity.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another
as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.
- Thomas Jefferson

If you don't take full responsibility
for your own happiness,
who do you suppose will?
Your happiness is a one person job -
it begins and ends with you.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie


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