Confucianism

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"Tsze-kung said, Suppose the case of a man extensively conferring benefits on the people, and able to assist all, what would you say of him? Might he be called perfectly virtuous? The Master said, Why speak only of virtue in connection with him? Must he not have the qualities of a sage? Even Yao and Shun were still solicitous about this. Now the man of perfect virtue, wishing to be established himself, seeks also to establish others; wishing to be enlarged himself, he seeks also to enlarge others. To be able to judge of others by what is nigh in ourselves;-this may be called the art of virtue."

Confucius (551-479 BC), Analects 6:30



"Benevolence means man. When these two are conjoined, the result is 'the Way'."

Mencius [Meng Tzu], VII.B.16



"If one strives to treat others as he would be treated by them, he will come near the perfect life."

Book of Meng Tzu (Mencius)







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