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372 - 289 BCE, Chinese philosopher

Sincerity is the way of the heaven.
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Kindly words do not enter so deeply into men as a reputation for kindness.
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The tendency of man's nature to good is like the tendency of water to flow downwards.
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The superior man will not manifest either narrow-mindedness or the want of self-respect.
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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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Never has a man who has bent himself been able to make others straight.
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All men have in themselves that which is truly honorable. Only they do not think of it.
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The people are the most important element in a nation. The spirits of the land and grain
are next. The sovereign is the lightest.
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There is no attribute of the superior man greater than his helping men to practice virtue.
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Men must be decided on what they will not do, and then they are able to act with vigor
in what they ought to do.
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The great end of learning is nothing else but to seek for the lost mind.
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The great man is he who does not lose his child's heart.
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The path of duty lies in what is near, and man seeks for it in what is remote.
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If you know that a thing is unrighteous, then use all dispatch in putting an end to it -
why wait till next year?
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The people turn to a benevolent rule as water flows downwards, and as wild beasts fly to
the wilderness.
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The great man does not think beforehand of his words that they may be sincere, nor of
his actions that they may be resolute - he simply speaks and does what is right.
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