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Boldness, without the rules of propriety, becomes insubordination.
The superior man extensively studies literature and restrains himself with the rules of propriety. Thus he will not violate the Way.
Without an acquaintance with the rules of propriety, it is impossible for the character to be established.
The superior man, extensively studying all learning, and keeping himself under the restraint of the rules of propriety, may thus likewise not overstep what is right.
Let a man be stimulated by poetry, established by the rules of propriety, and perfected by music.
Look not at what is contrary to propriety; listen not to what is contrary to propriety; speak not what is contrary to propriety; make no movement which is contrary to propriety.
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