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.
Thus, that one can find no place to walk through the breadth of the earth is not because the earth is not tranquil but because the danger to every step of the traveler lies generally with words.
The rigid cause themselves to be broken; the pliable cause themselves to be bound.
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.