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WORDS OF CAUTION TO ONESELF

by Huang Zongxi (1610 - 1695, Ming Dynasty
English translation: Miao Guang and Zhi Yue

Leave fortune and misfortune, success and failure, to the hands of heaven.

Leave support and slander, gains and losses, to the hands of humanity.

Leave cultivation and morality to one’s own responsibility.

── from Ming Ruxue An (Survey of Ming Confucianists)

SUBDUING ONESELF AND UNDERSTANDING REASONS

It is difficult to remedy anger, and also fear.

Having subdued oneself, anger is thereby remedied,

Having understood reasons, fear is thereby remedied.

── from Song Yuan Xue An (Record of Song and Yuan Scholars)

CONSCIENCE AND CONFIDENCE
by Zhang Taiyan (1869 - 1936)
English translation: Miao Guang

Conscience is a subtle and quiet voice which enables the minority to confess. A benevolent one is certainly also courageous, while force is a necessary means to punish the villain.

One must have the confidence to tell right from wrong out of his own conscience without being influenced by the majority’s decision

── from Zhang Taiyan Quanji (Complete Collection of Zhang Taiyan)