Xun Kuang Quotes

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Xun Kuang, also known as Xunzim was a Chinese Confucianphilosopher and writer of the book known as 'Xunzi'.

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Best 25 Quotes by Xun Kuang

“A person is born with feelings of envy and hate. If he gives way to them, they will lead him to violence and crime, and any sense of loyalty and good faith will be abandoned.”

“Human nature refers to what is in people but which they cannot study or work at achieving.”

“I once tried standing up on my toes to see far out in the distance, but I found that I could see much farther by climbing to a high place.”

“I once tried thinking for an entire day, but I found it less valuable than one moment of study.”

“If there is no dull and determined effort, there will be no brilliant achievement.”

“If you wish to see the thousand years, look at today; if you wish to understand the millionfold, then look at the one or the two.”

“Man's nature is evil; goodness is the result of conscious activity.”

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“Men of all social stations live together: they are equal in their desires, yet vary in their methods; they are equal in their passions, yet different in their intelligence; that is their nature-given vitality.”

“Mencius said that human nature is good. I disagree with that.”

“One must remember equality, yet also be aware of difference, for if the people are allowed to act as it pleases them without coming up against displeasure, if one gives rein to its desires without setting any limit, it becomes confused and can no longer take delight in anything.”

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”

“The coming of honor or disgrace must be a reflection of one's inner power.”

“The drum is surely the lord of music, is it not?”

“The nature of man is evil; what is good in him is artificial.”

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“The noble person uses things; the lesser man is used by things.”

“The person attempting to travel two roads at once will get nowhere.”

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“If our minds were originally formed by nature in a sound and useful manner, then they pass on all the forces of fate, which imposes on us from outside in a relatively unobjectionable and more acceptable way.”

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“When a man sees something desirable, he must reflect on the fact that with time it could come to involve what is detestable. When he sees something that is beneficial, he should reflect that sooner or later it, too, could come to involve harm.”

“When people lack teachers, their tendencies are not corrected; when they do not have ritual and moral principles, then their lawlessness is not controlled.”

“You look upon the seasons with expectation and await them: wy not seize the seasonal opportunities and exploit them?”

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“Music is a fantastic peacekeeper of the world, it is integral to harmony, and it is a required fundamental of human emotion.”


“Not having heard something is not as good as having heard it; having heard it is not as good as having seen it; having seen it is not as good as knowing it; knowing it is not as good as putting it into practice.”


“Pride and excess bring disaster for man.”


“The petty man is eager to make boasts, yet desires that others should believe in him. He enthusiastically engages in deception, yet wants others to have affection for him. He conducts himself like an animal, yet wants others to think well of him.”


“Those whose character is mean and vicious will rouse others to animosity against them.”


“Whether the gentleman is capable or not, he is loved all the same; conversely the petty man is loathed all the same.”


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