Etiquette, virtue

| 2017-07-27
(Chinese Social Sciences Today)

An excess of courtesy can offend no one.
The proverb indicates that etiquette is an indispensable part of social life.


Loss of etiquette leads to darkness of the mind, and loss of reputation leads to mistakes.
The proverb emphasizes the importance of etiquette and reputation in a person’s social life.


If you humble yourself before someone, it shows you have a request to make.
The proverb means that when people look for help, their attitude tends to be modest and polite.


Just as some etiquette has both principle and flexibility, there are issues that need different treatment in order of priority.
The proverb indicates that people should deal with problems based on their priorities.


Do not reject those who are not remiss in civility.
The proverb means that we should respect people with good manners.


Moral force never dwells in solitude; it will always bring neighbors.
The proverb suggests that a virtuous person can influence a number of people around him.


Without exceptional virtue nobody can be affectionately solicitous for distant countries, and in default of great talents one cannot enlarge ones’ views.
The proverb emphasizes that virtue and talent can broaden one’s horizon.


Virtuous conduct is the foundation of the state.
The proverb means that virtue can consolidate state governance and nourish the people.