Human nature refers to what is in people but which they cannot study or work at achieving.
Sacrifice is a state of mind in which our thoughts turn with longing [toward Heaven, the Ancestors], It is the supreme expression of loyalty, love, and respect.
Now it is human nature to want to eat to ones fill when hungry, to want to warm up when cold, to want to rest when tired. These all are a part of people’s emotional nature.
If there is no dull and determined effort, there will be no brilliant achievement.
Those whose character is mean and vicious will rouse others to animosity against them.
If you wish to see the thousand years, look at today; if you wish to understand the millionfold, then look at the one or the two.
If knowledge and foresight are too penetrating and deep, unify them with ease and sincerity.
The coming of honor or disgrace must be a reflection of one’s inner power.
The petty man is eager to make boasts, yet desires that others should believe in him. He enthusiastically engages in deception, yet wants others to have affection for him. He conducts himself like an animal, yet wants others to think well of him.
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.
One must remember equality, yet also be aware of difference, for if the people are allowed to act as it pleases them without coming up against displeasure, if one gives rein to its desires without setting [any] limit, it becomes confused and can no longer take delight in anything.
In antiquity the sage kings recognized that men’s nature is bad and that their tendencies were not being corrected and their lawlessness controlled.