A person is born with a liking for profit.
Therefore, a person should first be changed by a teacher’s instructions, and guided by principles of ritual. Only then can he observe the rules of courtesy and humility, obey the conventions and rules of society, and achieve order.
Thus, anybody who follows this nature and gives way its states will be led into quarrels and conflicts, and go against the conventions and rules of society, and will end up a criminal.
If the impulse to daring and bravery is too fierce and violent, stay it with guidance and instruction.
When you locate good in yourself, approve of it with determination. When you locate evil in yourself, despise it as something detestable.
In order to properly understand the big picture, everyone should fear becoming mentally clouded and obsessed with one small section of truth.
Human nature refers to what is in people but which they cannot study or work at achieving.
I once tried thinking for an entire day, but I found it less valuable than one moment of study.
Quarreling over food and drink, having neither scruples nor shame, not knowing right from wrong, not trying to avoid death or injury, not fearful of greater strength or of greater numbers, greedily aware only of food and drink – such is the bravery of the dog and boar.
If knowledge and foresight are too penetrating and deep, unify them with ease and sincerity.