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Mencius

Mencius

Top 10 Best Quotes

“With melted snow I boil fragrant tea.”

“Filling with food, Warming with clothes, Living leisurely without learning, It is little short of animals.”

“Integrity, wisdom, skill, intelligence – such things are forged in adversity.”

“People are distressed by their inability to do it. The problem, however, is simply that they don't do it.”

“So it is that whenever Heaven invests a person with great responsibilities, it first tries his resolve, exhausts his muscles and bones, starves his body, leaves him destitute, and confound his every endeavor. In this way his patience and endurance are developed, and his weaknesses are overcome. We change and grow only when we make mistakes. We realize what to do only when we work through worry and confusion. And we gain people’s trust and understanding only when our inner thoughts are revealed clearly in our faces and words.”

“There’s only one way to know if people are good or evil: look at the choices they make. We each contain precious and worthless, great and small. Never injure the great for the sake of the small, or the precious for the sake of the worthless. Small people nurture what is small in them; great people nurture what is great in them.”

“Don’t do what should not be done, and don’t desire what should not be desired. Abide by this one precept, and everything else will follow.”

“Make your learning abundant and speak of it with precision, then you will speak of essentials.”

“I understand what lies hidden beneath beguiling words. I understand the trap beneath extravagant words. I understand the deceit beneath depraved words. And I understand the weariness beneath evasive words.”

“For nurturing the mind, there’s nothing like paring your desires away to a very few. If you have few desires, there may still be some capricious whims in your mind, but they’ll be few. If you have many desires, there may be some enduring principles in your mind, but they’ll be few indeed.”

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