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Mencius


One of the most famous Confucian philosophers.
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Mencius
He who exerts his mind to the utmost knows his nature.
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The feeling of commiseration is the beginning of humanity; the feeling of shame and dislike is the beginning of righteousness; the feeling of deference and compliance is the beginning of propriety; and the feeling of right or wrong is the beginning of wisdom.
Men have these Four Beginnings just as they have their four limbs. Having these Four Beginnings, but saying that they cannot develop them is to destroy themselves.
Mencius
The way of learning is none other than finding the lost mind.




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If you let people follow their feelings, they will be able to do good. This is what is meant by saying that human nature is good.
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He who outrages benevolence is called a ruffian: he who outrages righteousness is called a villain. I have heard of the cutting off of the villain Chow, but I have not heard of the putting of a ruler to death.
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I have merely heard of killing a villain Zhou, but I have not heard of murdering the ruler.
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If the king loves music, there is little wrong in the land.
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The great man is the one who does not lose his child’s heart.
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