Whether the gentleman is capable or not, he is loved all the same; conversely the petty man is loathed all the same.
When you concentrate on agriculture and industry and are frugal in expenditures, Heaven cannot impoverish your state.
Those whose character is mean and vicious will rouse others to animosity against them.
Human nature is what Heaven supplies.
Mencius said that human nature is good. I disagree with that.
Human nature is such that people are born with a love of profit If they follow these inclinations, they will struggle and snatch from each other, and inclinations to defer or yield will die.
When a man sees something desirable, he must reflect on the fact that with time it could come to involve what is detestable. When he sees something that is beneficial, he should reflect that sooner or later it, too, could come to involve harm.
If the blood humor is too strong and robust, calm it with balance and harmony.
The coming of honor or disgrace must be a reflection of one’s inner power.
Since the nature of people is bad, to become corrected they must be taught by teachers and to be orderly they must acquire ritual and moral principles.