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Yang Xiong 揚雄

53 BCE – 18 CE

"Confucius from the western parts,” poet, philosopher, I Ching scholar, and politician; Yang Xiong became one of the most famous people of the entire Han dynasty. His most well-known and influential book was Exemplary Sayings (法言) which includes him in our lineage of aphorists. He took a middle-ground approach between Xunzi and Mencius describing basic human nature as neither basic goodness or basic badness characterizing it as a complex combination.

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Fayan 法言, Exemplary Figures or Model Sayings

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“One may rely on strategy and deception to impress but these can hardly compare with an impression made without these.”

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“After a long period of disuse, the spark of life dries up and vision collapses—a person can only feel their way around like a blind person using a staff.”

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Themes: Health Longevity

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“Politicians and generals who treat people like animals to be driven and sacrificed are the ultimate expression of man’s inhumanity to man.”

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“Why rely on forms and titles? These are like games, stunts and tricks—entertaining but unimportant and meaningless.”

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“If someone admires the great but does not emulate them, they are anything but great.”

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Themes: Perseverance

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“If our deeds don’t influence others, we should look into ourselves and cultivate a greater goodness.”

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“Cultivating ourselves is like a bow, straightening our thoughts like arrow.”

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“Speech is the heart’s sounds and writing it’s images but ‘Speech cannot fully express what is in the heart, nor can writing fully express speech’ — only sages understand the true meanings.”

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