Top 25 Quotes of Mencius

Without effective protection of the citizens’ right to property, it will be difficult to attract and accumulate valuable capital.

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Truth uttered before its time is always dangerous.

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There is no greater delight than to be conscious of sincerity on self-examination.

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The root of the kingdom is in the state. The root of the state is in the family. The root of the family is in the person of its head.

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The people are the most important element in a nation; the spirits of the land and grain are the next; the sovereign is the least.

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The great man is he who does not lose his child’s-heart.

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Sincerity is the way to heaven.

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Secure property in hand leads to peace in mind.

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People can have a long-term life plan only if they know their private property is secure.

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Only when a man will not do some things is he capable of doing great things.

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Mankind fears an evil man but heaven does not.

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Let not a man do what his sense of right bids him not to do, nor desire what it forbids him to desire. This is sufficient. The skillful artist will not alter his measures for the sake of a stupid workman.

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Let men decide firmly what they will not do, and they will be free to do vigorously what they ought to do.

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Kindly words do not enter so deeply into men as a reputation for kindness.

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It is not difficult to govern. All one has to do is not to offend the noble families.

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If the king loves music, there is little wrong in the land.

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If Confucius wasn’t born, the long night would have no bright lamp.

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I like fish, and I also like bear’s paws. If I cannot have the two together, I will let the fish go, and take the bear’s paws. So, I like life, and I also like righteousness. If I cannot keep the two together, I will let life go, and choose righteousness.

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He who attends to his greater self becomes a great man, and he who attends to his smaller self becomes a small man.

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Friendship with a man is friendship with his virtue.

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Friendship is one mind in two bodies.

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Friends are the siblings God never gave us.

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Evil exists to glorify the good. Evil is negative good. It is a relative term. Evil can be transmuted into good. What is evil to one at one time, becomes good at another time to somebody else.

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Every duty is a charge, but the charge of oneself is the root of all others.

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A trail through the mountains, if used, becomes a path in a short time, but, if unused, becomes blocked by grass in an equally short time.

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