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Xun Zi

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

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A person is born with a liking for profit.

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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.

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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?

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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.

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

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

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

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

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Pride and excess bring disaster for man.

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

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Sacrifices are concerned with the feelings of devotion and longing.

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

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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.

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

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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.

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

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