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A collection of Mencius quotes and sayings on compassion, evil, feelings, friendship, goodness, heaven, humanity, righteousness, war etc.

43 Powerful Quotes By Mencius

Quick Facts

Famous As: Philosopher

Born On: 372 BC

Died On: 289 BC

Born In: Zoucheng, China

Died At Age: 83

Mencius was a notable Chinese philosopher during the 2nd century BC. Originating from the school of Confucianism, his main interest was in the fields of ethics, social and political philosophy. He was one of the primary interpreters of Confucianism. Mencius was the disciple of the great Confucius’ grandson, Zisi. He was a wayfaring Chinese sage who travelled throughout China for over four decades, illuminating his knowledge and advice to various rulers. According to the Neo-Confucians of the Song dynasty, Mencius’ interpretation on Confucianism was regarded as traditional and conformist. Mencius’ disciples constituted of influential feudal lords who believed that they were superior in power than Confucius himself. His conversations with the rulers of China are documented in ‘The Mencius’, which contained elaborate dialogues, fascinating arguments and extensive prose. Mencius disregarded absolute power of monarchy and glorified powers for the common citizen of the state. According to historians, he was believed to be a contemporary of great philosophers such as Xun Zi, Zhuangzi, Gaozi, and Plato. We have collected his quotes from his teachings, writings etc. Read through these quotes from this great philosopher providing an insight into his thoughts and sayings on matters of wisdom, humanity, life, destiny, compassion and life.

Friendship is one mind in two bodies.

Mencius

With melted snow I boil fragrant tea.

Mencius

The great man is he who does not lose his child's heart

Mencius

Only when there are things a man will not do is he capable of doing great things.

Mencius

The way of truth is like a great road. It is not difficult to know it. The evil is only that men will not seek it.

Mencius

Filling with food, Warming with clothes, Living leisurely without learning, It is little short of animals.

Mencius

That's like climbing a tree to find a fish.

Mencius

A man must not be without shame, for the shame of being without shame is shamelessness indeed.

Mencius

A great man is he who has not lost the heart of a child.

Mencius

The feeling of right or wrong is the beginning of wisdom

Mencius

People are distressed by their inability to do it. The problem, however, is simply that they don't do it.

Mencius

Friends are the siblings God never gave us

Mencius

Sincerity is the way to Heaven.

Mencius

Treat others as you would be treated. Devote yourself to that, for there’s no more direct approach to Humanity.

Mencius

Integrity, wisdom, skill, intelligence – such things are forged in adversity.

Mencius

221. "Great is the man who has not lost his childlike heart."~

Mencius

Don’t do what should not be done, and don’t desire what should not be desired. Abide by this one precept, and everything else will follow.

Mencius

We live, not as we wish to, but as we can.

Mencius

Getting something done is like digging a well. You can dig a well seventy feet deep, but if you don’t hit water it’s just an abandoned well.

Mencius

I am not fond of disputation; I have no alternative.

Mencius

Let not a man do what his sense of right bids him not to do, nor desire what it forbids him to desire. This is sufficient. The skillful artist will not alter his measures for the sake of a stupid workman.

Mencius

It is not difficult to govern. All one has to do is not to offend the noble families.

Mencius

Let men decide firmly what they will not do, and they will be free to do vigorously what they ought to do.

Mencius

Mankind fears an evil man but heaven does not.

Mencius

The root of the kingdom is in the state. The root of the state is in the family. The root of the family is in the person of its head.

Mencius

Every duty is a charge, but the charge of oneself is the root of all others.

Mencius

If the king loves music, there is little wrong in the land.

Mencius

Friendship with a man is friendship with his virtue.

Mencius

Without effective protection of the citizens' right to property, it will be difficult to attract and accumulate valuable capital.

Mencius

People can have a long-term life plan only if they know their private property is secure.

Mencius

Secure property in hand leads to peace in mind.

Mencius

Truth uttered before its time is always dangerous.

Mencius

Kindly words do not enter so deeply into men as a reputation for kindness.

Mencius

A trail through the mountains, if used, becomes a path in a short time, but, if unused, becomes blocked by grass in an equally short time.

Mencius

Only when a man will not do some things is he capable of doing great things.

Mencius

He who attends to his greater self becomes a great man, and he who attends to his smaller self becomes a small man.

Mencius

The great man is he who does not lose his child's-heart.

Mencius

The people are the most important element in a nation; the spirits of the land and grain are the next; the sovereign is the least.

Mencius

Evil exists to glorify the good. Evil is negative good. It is a relative term. Evil can be transmuted into good. What is evil to one at one time, becomes good at another time to somebody else.

Mencius

There is no greater delight than to be conscious of sincerity on self-examination.

Mencius

If Confucius wasn't born, the long night would have no bright lamp.

Mencius

Friends are the siblings God never gave us.

Mencius

I like fish, and I also like bear's paws. If I cannot have the two together, I will let the fish go, and take the bear's paws. So, I like life, and I also like righteousness. If I cannot keep the two together, I will let life go, and choose righteousness.

Mencius