Mencius

Mencius

Mencius or Mengzi (372 – 289 BC; alt. 385 – 303/302 BC) was a Chinese philosopher who is the most famous Confucian after Confucius himself. Mencius's interpretation of Confucianism has generally been considered the orthodox version by subsequent Chinese philosophers, especially by the Neo-Confucians of the Song dynasty.

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Evil exists to glorify the good. Evil is negative good. It is a relative term. Evil can be transmuted into good. What is evil to one at one time becomes good at another time to somebody else.

Truth uttered before its time is always dangerous.

Sincerity is the way to heaven.

Kindly words do not enter so deeply into men as a reputation for kindness.

Let not a man do what his sense of right bids him not to do nor desire what it forbids him to desire. This is sufficient. The skillful artist will not alter his measures for the sake of a stupid workman.

There is no greater delight than to be conscious of sincerity on self-examination.

We live not as we wish to but as we can.

He who attends to his greater self becomes a great man and he who attends to his smaller self becomes a small man.

It is not difficult to govern. All one has to do is not to offend the noble families.

Friendship is one mind in two bodies.

If the king loves music there is little wrong in the land.

Let men decide firmly what they will not do and they will be free to do vigorously what they ought to do.

Mankind fears an evil man but heaven does not.

The great man is he who does not lose his child's-heart.

Every duty is a charge but the charge of oneself is the root of all others.

Friends are the siblings God never gave us.

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