The Life and Teaching of Confucius: With Explanatory Notes

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N. Trübner, 1887 - 338 pages
 

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Page 52 - For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.
Page 228 - Is there one word which may serve as a rule of practice for all one's life ? " The Master said, " Is not RECIPROCITY such a word ? What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others.
Page 199 - Sir, in carrying on your government, why should you use killing at all ? Let your evinced desires be for what is good, and the people will be good. The relation between superiors and inferiors is like that between the wind and the grass. The grass must bend when the wind blows across it.
Page 268 - States, they first regulated their families. Wishing to regulate their families, they first cultivated their persons. Wishing to cultivate their persons, they first rectified their hearts. Wishing to rectify their hearts, they first sought to be sincere in their thoughts. Wishing to be sincere in their thoughts, they first extended to the utmost their knowledge. Such extension of knowledge lay in the investigation of things.
Page 269 - From the Son of Heaven down to the mass of the people, all must consider the cultivation of the person the root of everything besides.
Page 46 - While there are no stirrings of pleasure, anger, sorrow, or joy, the mind may be said to be in the state of Equilibrium. When those feelings have been stirred, and they act in their due degree, there ensues what may be called the state of Harmony. This Equilibrium is the great root from which grow all the human actings in the world, and this Harmony is the universal path which they all should pursue. Let the states of equilibrium and harmony exist in perfection, and a happy order will prevail throughout...
Page 143 - The Master's personal displays of his principles, and ordinary descriptions of them may be heard. His discourses about man's nature, and the way of Heaven, cannot be heard.
Page 127 - Learning without thought is labour lost ; thought without learning is perilous." XVI. The Master said, " The study of strange doctrines is injurious indeed ! " XVII. The Master said, " Yew, shall I teach you what knowledge is ? When you know a thing, to hold that you know it; and when you do not know a thing, to allow that you do not know it; — this is knowledge.
Page 202 - When affairs cannot be carried on to success, proprieties and music will not flourish. When proprieties and music do not flourish, punishments will not be properly awarded. When punishments are not properly awarded, the people do not know how to move hand or foot.
Page 34 - Therefore, the superior man must be watchful over himself when he is alone. 2. There is no evil to which the mean man, dwelling retired, will not proceed, but when 'he sees a superior man he instantly tries to disguise himself, concealing his evil, and displaying what is good. The other beholds him, as if he saw his heart and...

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