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Etiquette, virtue

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

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

 

礼失则昏,名失则愆
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.

 

礼下于人,必有所求
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.

 

礼有经权,事有缓急
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.

 

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

 

德不孤,必有邻
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.

 

德不优者,不能怀远;才不大者,不能博见
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.

 

德,国家之基也
Virtuous conduct is the foundation of the state.
The proverb means that virtue can consolidate state governance and nourish the people.