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Brief author info: Mencius (372-289 B.C.) Chinese philosopher.
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Listen to a man's words and look at the pupil of his eye. How can a man conceal his character?
To act without clear understanding, to form habits without investigation, to follow a path all one's life without knowing where it really leads-such is the behavior of the multitude.
Listen to a man's words and look at the pupil of his eye. How can a man conceal his character?
When one by force subdues men, they do not submit to him in heart. They submit because their strength is not adequate to resist.
Virtue alone is not sufficient for the exercise of government; laws alone cannot carry themselves into practice.
The great man is he who does not lose his child's-heart.
He who loves others is constantly loved by them. He who respects others is constantly respected by them.
A man must first despise himself, and then others will despise him.
There is the work of great men and there is the work of little men. Therefore it is said, 'Some labor with their minds and some labor with their strength. Those who labor with their minds govern others; those who labor with their strength are governed by others.'1 Those who are governed by others support them; those who govern them are supported by them. This is a universal principle.
The five kinds of grains are considered good plants, but if the grains are not ripe, they are worse than cockles. It is the same with regard to kindness, which must grow into maturity.
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