Mencius Quotes

Best 30 Quotes by Mencius

“A man must first despise himself, and then others will despise him.”

“All men have in themselves that which is truly honorable. Only they do not think of it.”

“Friendship is one mind in two bodies.”

“He who goes to the bottom of his own heart knows his own nature;
And knowing his own nature, he knows heaven.”

“He who loves others is constantly loved by them. He who respects others is constantly respected by them.”

“He who wishes to be benevolent will not be rich.”

“I dislike death, however, there are some things I dislike more than death. Therefore, there are times when I will not avoid danger.”

“If the King loves music, it is well with the land.”

“If you know that a thing is unrighteous, then use all dispatch in putting an end to it – why wait till next year?”

“If you know the point of balance, You can settle the details. If you can settle the details, You can stop running around. Your mind will become calm. If your mind becomes calm, You can think in front of a tiger. If you can think in front of a tiger, You will surely succeed.”

“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.”

“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.”

“Never has a man who has bent himself been able to make others straight.”

“One who believes all of a book would be better off without books.”

“Only when someone refuses to do certain things will he be capable of doing great things.”

“People are eager to comment on something when they themselves are not in the situation of doing it.”

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“Human beings have likes and dislikes; hence, the people can be ruled. The ruler must investigate likes and dislikes. Likes and dislikes are the root of rewards and penalties. The disposition of the people is to like ranks and emoluments and to dislike punishments and penalties. The ruler sets up the two in order to guide the people’s will and to establish whatever he desires.”

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“Sincerity is the way of the heaven.”

“The best things in life come in threes, like friends, dreams, and memories.”

“The feeling of compassion is the beginning of humanity.”

“The feeling of right or wrong is the beginning of wisdom.”

“The foundation of the world lies in the nation. The foundation of the nation lies in the family. The foundation of the family lies in the individual.”

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

“The path of duty lies in what is near, and man seeks for it in what is remote.”

“The people turn to a benevolent rule as water flows downwards, and as wild beasts fly to the wilderness.”

“There is a power in everything; it is the job of the artist to determine it and express it.”

“There is no attribute of the superior man greater than his helping men to practice virtue.”

“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.”

“Truth uttered before its time is dangerous.”

“Try your best to treat others as you would wish to be treated yourself, and you will find that this is the shortest way to benevolence.”

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“The disease of men is that they neglect their own fields and go to weed the fields of others.”

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“The stupid don't even understand something that happened long ago, the wise understand it before it develops.”

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