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Xun Zi
310 BC - 237 BC
Nationality: Chinese
Category: Philosopher
Subcategory: Chinese Philosopher

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.


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


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


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.


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


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


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


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


A person is born with a liking for profit.


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.


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


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.


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


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


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


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


Sacrifices are concerned with the feelings of devotion and longing.


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


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


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


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