Xun Zi Quotes & Sayings

38 most famous Xun Zi quotes and sayings (philosopher). These are the first 10 quotes we have.

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“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.”
“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.”
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“Human nature is evil, and goodness is caused by intentional activity.”
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“If knowledge and foresight are too penetrating and deep, unify them with ease and sincerity.”
“A person is born with desires of the eyes and ears, and a liking for beautiful sights and sounds. If he gives way to them, they will lead him to immorality and lack of restriction, and any ritual principles and propriety will be abandoned.”
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“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.”
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“The person attempting to travel two roads at once will get nowhere.”
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“Mencius said that human nature is good. I disagree with that.”
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“If the gentleman has ability, he is magnanimous, generous, tolerant, and straightforward, through which he opens the way to instruct others.”
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“When people lack teachers, their tendencies are not corrected; when they do not have ritual and moral principles, then their lawlessness is not controlled.”

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