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Ideas of Mengzi (Mencius), by Text

[Chinese, 372 - 289 BCE, Teacher of Confucian thinking. Adviser to King Hui of Liang.]

332BCE The Mengzi (Mencius)
p.89 Human nature is naturally compassionate and good (as a 'sprout'), but people may not be good [Norden]
1.A.3 p.51 Should a coward who ran fifty paces from a battle laugh at another who ran a hundred?
1.A.7 p.55 Avoid the animals you are going to eat, as it is hard once you have got to know them
1.A.7 p.56 Extend the treatment of the old and young in your family to the rest of society
1.A.7 p.57 Seeking peace through war is like looking for fish up a tree
1.B.1 p.60 If the King likes music then there is hope for the state
1.B.1 p.61 A true king shares his pleasure with the people
1.B.7 p.67 Only put someone to death if the whole population believes it is deserved
6A6 p.91 Each correct feeling relies on an underlying virtue
7B31 p.95 Righteousness is extending the unthinkable, to reveal what must be done