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Quotes by Mencius - (20 quotes)

Mencius - From the Authority category:

- b.372 BC d.289 BC...
It is not difficult to govern. All one has to do is not to offend the noble families. (Mencius)

Mencius - From the Choices category:

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

Mencius - From the Difficulty category:

Incessant falls teach men to reform, and distress rouses their strength. Life springs from calamity, and death from ease. (Mencius)

Mencius - From the Excellence category:

- b.372 BC d.289 BC...
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. (Mencius)

Mencius - From the Friendship category:

Friendship is one mind in two bodies. Unknown friends are the siblings God never gave us. (Mencius)

Mencius - From the Goodness category:

- b.372 BC d.289 BC...
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. (Mencius)

Mencius - From the Greatness category:

- b.372 BC d.289 BC...
He who attends to his greater self becomes a great man, and he who attends to his smaller self becomes a small man. (Mencius)

Mencius - From the Habit category:

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. (Mencius)

Mencius - From the Humanity category:

Human nature is good, just as water seeks low ground. There is no man who is not good, just as there is no water that does not flow downward. (Mencius)

Mencius - From the Innocence category:

Great is the man who has not lost his childlike heart. (Mencius)

Mencius - From the Integrity category:

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

Mencius - From the Journey category:

The path of duty lies in what is near, and men seek for it in what is remote; the work of duty lies in what is easy, and men seek for it in what is difficult. (Mencius)

Mencius - From the Life category:

We live, not as we wish to, but as we can. (Mencius)

Mencius - From the Money category:

In abundance prepare for scarcity. (Mencius)

Mencius - From the Music category:

If the king loves music, there is little wrong in the land. (Mencius)

Mencius - From the Power category:

-b.372 BC d.289 BC...
There is a power in everything; it is the job of the artist to determine it and express it. (Mencius)

Mencius - From the Responsibility category:

Every duty is a charge, but the charge of oneself is the root of all others. (Mencius)

Mencius - From the Sincerity category:

Sincerity is the way to heaven; to think how to be sincere is the way of man. (Mencius)

Mencius - From the Truth category:

Truth uttered before its time is always dangerous. (Mencius)

Mencius - From the Words category:

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