"If language is not correct,
then what is said is not what is meant;
if what is said is not what is meant,
then what must be done remains undone;
if this remains undone,
morals and art will deteriorate;
if justice goes astray,
the people will stand about in helpless confusion.
Hence there must be no arbitrariness in what is said.
This matters above everything."
[Kung Fu-tse] (551-479 B.C.) Chinese teacher, editor, politician, and philosopher
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 -- Wina, New York      
Don't misunderestimate the truth in this quote... if you get my drift, if you get my meaning...
 -- Anonymous, Reston, VA US     
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    This explains why Political Correctness is entirely misleading and its end result.
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
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    Well said.
     -- Cal, lewisville, tx     
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     -- Mary - MI      
     -- Luis, Panamá      
     -- watchman 13, USA      
    I agree with J Carlton.
     -- jim k, Austin, Tx     
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     -- chuckthomas, Huffman, Texas      
    Integrity in speech is a defense against all matter of deception.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    Working in an administrative experience in high-end Academia I see a lot of slightly not truths being lived out. Keeps the class divide going. Confucious' remarks are a huge challenge ... and a support especially for minions.
     -- Jen Pierce Barnett, Dorchester, MA     
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    Words truly do have original meanings, despite all the games played with them by vile verbal gymnasts, i.e., impeached former President Bill Clinton, and the word, "Is."
     -- Mary - MI     
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    About what are any who are unscrupulous able to express themselves with conviction, other than that such as they esteem to be in their pragmatic, generally material, best interests?

    As it is written:

    "For out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaketh."

    ~ Matthew 12:34
     -- Patrick Henry, Red Hill     
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     -- Ronw13, OR      
    WOW! ! ! that I could rate this with innumerable stars countless of times. We hold this truth to be self evident ! ! !  A great example of the quote's accuracy is the present day's woke progressives exponentially expanding efforts to redefine words and concepts.

     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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     -- Al, No Ho      
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