Home > Chinese Philosophy

Noble spirit

By:The Academy of Contemporary China and World Studies

Noble spirit

The "noble spirit," discussed in The Book of Mencius, refers to the mighty moral force that permeates the human body and enables one to be just and upright.

Such a spirit originates only inside the body and is not given by any external strength. If one can ensure good conduct, engage in self-reflection and have a clear conscience, a noble spirit will nurture and grow inside and make one courageous, strong and fearless. Anyone endowed with this noble spirit will be unhesitant, resolute and brave.

During an exclusive interview with Russia Television in February 2014, Xi Jinping said, "Reading is central to my life." He added, "Reading invigorates people's mind, gives them inspiration, and cultivates their noble spirit."




Contact Us