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    Confucian Analects


    Confucius





    1

    The Master "Is it not pleasant to learn with a constant perseverance and application?

    "Is it not delightful to have friends coming from distant quarters?

    "Is he not a man of complete virtue, who feels no discomposure though men may take no note of him?"

    The philosopher Yu said, "They are few who, being filial and fraternal, are

    fond of offending against their superiors. There have been none, who, not liking

    to offend against their superiors, have been fond of stirring up confusion.

    "The superior man bends his attention to what is radical. That being

    established, all practical courses naturally grow up. Filial piety and fraternal

    submission,-are they not the root of all benevolent actions?"

    The Master said, "Fine words and an insinuating appearance are seldom

    associated with true virtue."

    The philosopher Tsang said, "I daily examine myself on three points:-whether,

    in transacting business for others, I may have been not faithful;-whether, in

    intercourse with friends, I may have been not sincere;-whether I may have not

    mastered and practiced the instructions of my teacher."

    The Master said, "To rule a country of a thousand chariots, there must be

    reverent attention to business, and sincerity; economy in expenditure, and love

    for men; and the employment of the people at the proper seasons."

    The Master said, "A youth, when at home, should be filial, and, abroad,

    respectful to his elders. He should be earnest and truthful. He should overflow

    in love to all, and cultivate the friendship of the good. When he has time and

    opportunity, after the performance of these things, he should employ them in

    polite studies."

    Tsze-hsia said, "If a man withdraws his mind from the love of beauty, and

    applies it as sincerely to the love of the virtuous; if, in serving his parents,

    he can exert his utmost strength; if, in serving his prince, he can devote his

    life; if, in his intercourse with his friends, his words are sincere:-although

    men say that he has not learned, I will certainly say that he has.

    The Master said, "If the scholar be not grave, he will not call forth any

    veneration, and his learning will not be solid.

    "Hold faithfulness and sincerity as first principles.

    "Have no friends not equal to yourself.

    "When you have faults, do not fear to abandon them."

    The philosopher Tsang said, "Let there be a careful attention to perform the

    funeral rites to parents, and let them be followed when long gone with the

    ceremonies of sacrifice;-then the virtue of the people will resume its proper

    excellence."

    Tsze-ch'in asked Tsze-kung saying, "When our master comes to any country, he

    does not fail to learn all about its government. Does he ask his information? or

    is it given to him?"

    Tsze-kung said, "Our master is benign, upright, courteous, temperate, and

    complaisant and thus he gets his information. The master's mode of asking

    information,-is it not different from that of other men?"

    The Master said, "While a man's father is alive, look at the bent of his

    will; when his father is dead, look at his conduct. If for three years he does

    not alter from the way of his father, he may be called filial."

    The philosopher Yu said, "In practicing the rules of propriety, a natural

    ease is to be prized. In the ways prescribed by the ancient kings, this is the

    excellent quality, and in things small and great we follow them.

    "Yet it is not to be observed in all cases. If one, knowing how such ease

    should be prized, manifests it, without regulating it by the rules of propriety,

    this likewise is not to be done."

    The philosopher Yu said, "When agreements are made according to what is

    right, what is spoken can be made good. When respect is shown according to what

    is proper, one keeps far from shame and disgrace. When the parties upon whom a

    man leans are proper persons to be intimate with, he can make them his guides

    and masters."

    The Master said, "He who aims to be a man of complete virtue in his food

    does not seek to gratify his appetite, nor in his dwelling place does he seek

    the appliances of ease; he is earnest in what he is doing, and careful in his

    speech; he frequents the company of men of principle that he may be rectified:-

    such a person may be said indeed to love to learn."

    Tsze-kung said, "What do you pronounce concerning the poor man who yet does

    not flatter, and the rich man who is not proud?" The Master replied, "They will

    do; but they are not equal to him, who, though poor, is yet cheerful, and to him,

    who, though rich, loves the rules of propriety."

    Tsze-kung replied, "It is said in the Book of Poetry, 'As you cut and then

    file, as you carve and then polish.'-The meaning is the same, I apprehend, as

    that which you have just expressed."

    The Master said, "With one like Ts'ze, I can begin to talk about the odes. I

    told him one point, and he knew its proper sequence."

    The Master said, "I will not be afflicted at men's not knowing me; I will be

    afflicted that I do not know men."





    2

    The Master said, "He who exercises government by means of his virtue may be

    compared to the north polar star, which keeps its place and all the stars turn

    towards it."

    The Master said, "In the Book of Poetry are three hundred pieces, but the

    design of them all may be embraced in one sentence 'Having no depraved

    thoughts.'"

    The Master said, "If the people be led by laws, and uniformity sought to be

    given them by punishments, they will try to avoid the punishment, but have no

    sense of shame.

    "If they be led by virtue, and uniformity sought to be given them by the

    rules of propriety, they will have the sense of shame, and moreover will become

    good."

    The Master said, "At fifteen, I had my mind bent on learning.

    "At thirty, I stood firm.

    "At forty, I had no doubts.

    "At fifty, I knew the decrees of Heaven.

    "At sixty, my ear was an obedient organ for the reception of truth.

    "At seventy, I could follow what my heart desired, without transgressing

    what was right."

    Mang I asked what filial piety was. The Master said, "It is not being

    disobedient."

    Soon after, as Fan Ch'ih was driving him, the Master told him, saying,

    "Mang-sun asked me what filial piety was, and I answered him,-'not being

    disobedient.'"

    Fan Ch'ih said, "What did you mean?" The Master replied, "That parents, when

    alive, be served according to propriety; that, when dead, they should be buried

    according to propriety; and that they should be sacrificed to according to

    propriety."

    Mang Wu asked what filial piety was. The Master said, "Parents are anxious

    lest their children should be sick."

    Tsze-yu asked what filial piety was. The Master said, "The filial piety

    nowadays means the support of one's parents. But dogs and horses likewise are

    able to do something in the way of support;-without reverence, what is there to

    distinguish the one support given from the other?"

    Tsze-hsia asked what filial piety was. The Master said, "The difficulty is

    with the countenance. If, when their elders have any troublesome affairs, the

    young take the toil of them, and if, when the young have wine and food, they set

    them before their elders, is THIS to be considered filial piety?"

    The Master said, "I have talked with Hui for a whole day, and he has not

    made any objection to anything I said;-as if he were stupid. He has retired, and

    I have examined his conduct when away from me, and found him able to illustrate

    my teachings. Hui!-He is not stupid."

    The Master said, "See what a man does.

    "Mark his motives.

    "Examine in what things he rests.

    "How can a man conceal his character? How can a man conceal his character?"

    The Master said, "If a man keeps cherishing his old knowledge, so as

    continually to be acquiring new, he may be a teacher of others."

    The Master said, "The accomplished scholar is not a utensil."

    Tsze-kung asked what constituted the superior man. The Master said, "He acts

    before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his actions."

    The Master said, "The superior man is catholic and not partisan. The mean

    man is partisan and not catholic."

    The Master said, "Learning without thought is labor lost; thought without

    learning is perilous."

    The Master said, "The study of strange doctrines is injurious indeed!"

    The Master said, "Yu, shall I teach you what knowledge is? When you know a

    thing, to hold that you know it; and when you do not know a thing, to allow that

    you do not know it;-this is knowledge."

    Tsze-chang was learning with a view to official emolument.

    The Master said, "Hear much and put aside the points of which you stand in

    doubt, while you speak cautiously at the same time of the others:-then you will

    afford few occasions for blame. See much and put aside the things which seem

    perilous, while you are cautious at the same time in carrying the others into

    practice: then you will have few occasions for repentance. When one gives few

    occasions for blame in his words, and few occasions for repentance in his

    conduct, he is in the way to get emolument."

    The Duke Ai asked, saying, "What should be done in order to secure the

    submission of the people?" Confucius replied, "Advance the upright and set aside

    the crooked, then the people will submit. Advance the crooked and set aside the

    upright, then the people will not submit."

    Chi K'ang asked how to cause the people to reverence their ruler, to be

    faithful to him, and to go on to nerve themselves to virtue. The Master said,

    "Let him preside over them with gravity;-then they will reverence him. Let him

    be final and kind to all;-then they will be faithful to him. Let him advance the

    good and teach the incompetent;-then they will eagerly seek to be virtuous."

    Some one addressed Confucius, saying, "Sir, why are you not engaged in the

    government?"

    The Master said, "What does the Shu-ching say of filial piety?-'You are

    final, you discharge your brotherly duties. These qualities are displayed in

    government.' This then also constitutes the exercise of government. Why must

    there be THAT-making one be in the government?"

    The Master said, "I do not know how a man without truthfulness is to get on.

    How can a large carriage be made to go without the crossbar for yoking the oxen

    to, or a small carriage without the arrangement for yoking the horses?"

    Tsze-chang asked whether the affairs of ten ages after could be known.

    Confucius said, "The Yin dynasty followed the regulations of the Hsia:

    wherein it took from or added to them may be known. The Chau dynasty has

    followed the regulations of Yin: wherein it took from or added to them may be

    known. Some other may follow the Chau, but though it should be at the distance

    of a hundred ages, its affairs may be known."

    The Master said, "For a man to sacrifice to a spirit which does not belong

    to him is flattery.

    "To see what is right and not to do it is want of courage."


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      Confucius said of the head of the Chi family, who had eight rows of

      pantomimes in his area, "If he can bear to do this, what may he not bear to do?"

      The three families used the Yungode, while the vessels were being removed,

      at the conclusion of the sacrifice. The Master said, "'Assisting are the

      princes;-the son of heaven looks profound and grave';-what application can these

      words have in the hall of the three families?"

      The Master said, "If a man be without the virtues proper to humanity, what

      has he to do with the rites of propriety? If a man be without the virtues proper

      to humanity, what has he to do with music?"

      Lin Fang asked what was the first thing to be attended to in ceremonies.

      The Master said, "A great question indeed!

      "In festive ceremonies, it is better to be sparing than extravagant. In the

      ceremonies of mourning, it is better that there be deep sorrow than in minute

      attention to observances."

      The Master said, "The rude tribes of the east and north have their princes,

      and are not like the States of our great land which are without them."

      The chief of the Chi family was about to sacrifice to the T'ai mountain. The

      Master said to Zan Yu, "Can you not save him from this?" He answered, "I

      cannot." Confucius said, "Alas! will you say that the T'ai mountain is not so

      discerning as Lin Fang?"

      The Master said, "The student of virtue has no contentions. If it be said he

      cannot avoid them, shall this be in archery? But he bows complaisantly to his

      competitors; thus he ascends the hall, descends, and exacts the forfeit of

      drinking. In his contention, he is still the Chun-tsze."

      Tsze-hsia asked, saying, "What is the meaning of the passage-'The pretty

      dimples of her artful smile! The well-defined black and white of her eye! The

      plain ground for the colors?'"

      The Master said, "The business of laying on the colors follows the

      preparation of the plain ground."

      "Ceremonies then are a subsequent thing?" The Master said, "It is Shang who

      can bring out my meaning. Now I can begin to talk about the odes with him."

      The Master said, "I could describe the ceremonies of the Hsia dynasty, but

      Chi cannot sufficiently attest my words. I could describe the ceremonies of the

      Yin dynasty, but Sung cannot sufficiently attest my words. They cannot do so

      because of the insufficiency of their records and wise men. If those were

      sufficient, I could adduce them in support of my words."

      The Master said, "At the great sacrifice, after the pouring out of the

      libation, I have no wish to look on."

      Some one asked the meaning of the great sacrifice. The Master said, "I do

      not know. He who knew its meaning would find it as easy to govern the kingdom as

      to look on this"-pointing to his palm.

      He sacrificed to the dead, as if they were present. He sacrificed to the

      spirits, as if the spirits were present.

      The Master said, "I consider my not being present at the sacrifice, as if I

      did not sacrifice."

      Wang-sun Chia asked, saying, "What is the meaning of the saying, 'It is

      better to pay court to the furnace then to the southwest corner?'"

      The Master said, "Not so. He who offends against Heaven has none to whom he

      can pray."

      The Master said, "Chau had the advantage of viewing the two past dynasties.

      How complete and elegant are its regulations! I follow Chau."

      The Master, when he entered the grand temple, asked about everything. Some

      one said, "Who say that the son of the man of Tsau knows the rules of propriety!

      He has entered the grand temple and asks about everything." The Master heard the

      remark, and said, "This is a rule of propriety."

      The Master said, "In archery it is not going through the leather which is

      the principal thing;-because people's strength is not equal. This was the old

      way."

      Tsze-kung wished to do away with the offering of a sheep connected with the

      inauguration of the first day of each month.

      The Master said, "Ts'ze, you love the sheep; I love the ceremony."

      The Master said, "The full observance of the rules of propriety in serving

      one's prince is accounted by people to be flattery."

      The Duke Ting asked how a prince should employ his ministers, and how

      ministers should serve their prince. Confucius replied, "A prince should employ

      his minister according to according to the rules of propriety; ministers should

      serve their prince with faithfulness."

      The Master said, "The Kwan Tsu is expressive of enjoyment without being

      licentious, and of grief without being hurtfully excessive."

      The Duke Ai asked Tsai Wo about the altars of the spirits of the land. Tsai

      Wo replied, "The Hsia sovereign planted the pine tree about them; the men of the

      Yin planted the cypress; and the men of the Chau planted the chestnut tree,

      meaning thereby to cause the people to be in awe."

      When the Master heard it, he said, "Things that are done, it is needless to

      speak about; things that have had their course, it is needless to remonstrate

      about; things that are past, it is needless to blame."

      The Master said, "Small indeed was the capacity of Kwan Chung!"

      Some one said, "Was Kwan Chung parsimonious?" "Kwan," was the reply, "had

      the San Kwei, and his officers performed no double duties; how can he be

      considered parsimonious?"

      "Then, did Kwan Chung know the rules of propriety?" The Master said, "The

      princes of States have a screen intercepting the view at their gates. Kwan had

      likewise a screen at his gate. The princes of States on any friendly meeting

      between two of them, had a stand on which to place their inverted cups. Kwan had

      also such a stand. If Kwan knew the rules of propriety, who does not know them?"

      The Master instructing the grand music master of Lu said, "How to play music

      may be known. At the commencement of the piece, all the parts should sound

      together. As it proceeds, they should be in harmony while severally distinct and

      flowing without break, and thus on to the conclusion."

      The border warden at Yi requested to be introduced to the Master, saying,

      "When men of superior virtue have come to this, I have never been denied the

      privilege of seeing them." The followers of the sage introduced him, and when he

      came out from the interview, he said, "My friends, why are you distressed by

      your master's loss of office? The kingdom has long been without the principles

      of truth and right; Heaven is going to use your master as a bell with its wooden

      tongue."

      The Master said of the Shao that it was perfectly beautiful and also

      perfectly good. He said of the Wu that it was perfectly beautiful but not

      perfectly good.

      The Master said, "High station filled without indulgent generosity;

      ceremonies performed without reverence; mourning conducted without sorrow;-

      wherewith should I contemplate such ways?"





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      The Master said, "It is virtuous manners which constitute the excellence of

      a neighborhood. If a man in selecting a residence do not fix on one where such

      prevail, how can he be wise?"

      The Master said, "Those who are without virtue cannot abide long either in a

      condition of poverty and hardship, or in a condition of enjoyment. The virtuous

      rest in virtue; the wise desire virtue."

      The Master said, "It is only the truly virtuous man, who can love, or who

      can hate, others."

      The Master said, "If the will be set on virtue, there will be no practice of

      wickedness."

      The Master said, "Riches and honors are what men desire. If they cannot be

      obtained in the proper way, they should not be held. Poverty and meanness are

      what men dislike. If they cannot be avoided in the proper way, they should not

      be avoided.

      "If a superior man abandon virtue, how can he fulfill the requirements of

      that name?

      "The superior man does not, even for the space of a single meal, act

      contrary to virtue. In moments of haste, he cleaves to it. In seasons of danger,

      he cleaves to it."

      The Master said, "I have not seen a person who loved virtue, or one who

      hated what was not virtuous. He who loved virtue, would esteem nothing above it.

      He who hated what is not virtuous, would practice virtue in such a way that he

      would not allow anything that is not virtuous to approach his person.

      "Is any one able for one day to apply his strength to virtue? I have not

      seen the case in which his strength would be insufficient.

      "Should there possibly be any such case, I have not seen it."

      The Master said, "The faults of men are characteristic of the class to which

      they belong. By observing a man's faults, it may be known that he is virtuous."

      The Master said, "If a man in the morning hear the right way, he may die in

      the evening hear regret."

      The Master said, "A scholar, whose mind is set on truth, and who is ashamed

      of bad clothes and bad food, is not fit to be discoursed with."

      The Master said, "The superior man, in the world, does not set his mind

      either for anything, or against anything; what is right he will follow."

      The Master said, "The superior man thinks of virtue; the small man thinks of

      comfort. The superior man thinks of the sanctions of law; the small man thinks

      of favors which he may receive."

      The Master said: "He who acts with a constant view to his own advantage will

      be much murmured against."

      The Master said, "If a prince is able to govern his kingdom with the

      complaisance proper to the rules of propriety, what difficulty will he have? If

      he cannot govern it with that complaisance, what has he to do with the rules of

      propriety?"

      The Master said, "A man should say, I am not concerned that I have no place,

      I am concerned how I may fit myself for one. I am not concerned that I am not

      known, I seek to be worthy to be known."

      The Master said, "Shan, my doctrine is that of an all-pervading unity." The

      disciple Tsang replied, "Yes."

      The Master went out, and the other disciples asked, saying, "What do his

      words mean?" Tsang said, "The doctrine of our master is to be true to the

      principles-of our nature and the benevolent exercise of them to others,-this and

      nothing more."

      The Master said, "The mind of the superior man is conversant with

      righteousness; the mind of the mean man is conversant with gain."

      The Master said, "When we see men of worth, we should think of equaling them;

      when we see men of a contrary character, we should turn inwards and examine

      ourselves."

      The Master said, "In serving his parents, a son may remonstrate with them,

      but gently; when he sees that they do not incline to follow his advice, he shows

      an increased degree of reverence, but does not abandon his purpose; and should

      they punish him, he does not allow himself to murmur."

      The Master said, "While his parents are alive, the son may not go abroad to

      a distance. If he does go abroad, he must have a fixed place to which he goes."

      The Master said, "If the son for three years does not alter from the way of

      his father, he may be called filial."

      The Master said, "The years of parents may by no means not be kept in the

      memory, as an occasion at once for joy and for fear."

      The Master said, "The reason why the ancients did not readily give utterance

      to their words, was that they feared lest their actions should not come up to

      them."

      The Master said, "The cautious seldom err."

      The Master said, "The superior man wishes to be slow in his speech and

      earnest in his conduct."

      The Master said, "Virtue is not left to stand alone. He who practices it

      will have neighbors."

      Tsze-yu said, "In serving a prince, frequent remonstrances lead to disgrace.

      Between friends, frequent reproofs make the friendship distant."


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        The Master said of Kung-ye Ch'ang that he might be wived; although he was

        put in bonds, he had not been guilty of any crime. Accordingly, he gave him his

        own daughter to wife.

        Of Nan Yung he said that if the country were well governed he would not be

        out of office, and if it were in governed, he would escape punishment and

        disgrace. He gave him the daughter of his own elder brother to wife.

        The Master said of Tsze-chien, "Of superior virtue indeed is such a man! If

        there were not virtuous men in Lu, how could this man have acquired this

        character?"

        Tsze-kung asked, "What do you say of me, Ts'ze!" The Master said, "You are a

        utensil." "What utensil?" "A gemmed sacrificial utensil."

        Some one said, "Yung is truly virtuous, but he is not ready with his

        tongue."

        The Master said, "What is the good of being ready with the tongue? They who

        encounter men with smartness of speech for the most part procure themselves

        hatred. I know not whether he be truly virtuous, but why should he show

        readiness of the tongue?"

        The Master was wishing Ch'i-tiao K'ai to enter an official employment. He

        replied, "I am not yet able to rest in the assurance of this." The Master was

        pleased.

        The Master said, "My doctrines make no way. I will get upon a raft, and

        float about on the sea. He that will accompany me will be Yu, I dare say." Tsze-

        lu hearing this was glad, upon which the Master said, "Yu is fonder of daring

        than I am. He does not exercise his judgment upon matters."

        Mang Wu asked about Tsze-lu, whether he was perfectly virtuous. The Master

        said, "I do not know."

        He asked again, when the Master replied, "In a kingdom of a thousand

        chariots, Yu might be employed to manage the military levies, but I do not know

        whether he be perfectly virtuous."

        "And what do you say of Ch'iu?" The Master replied, "In a city of a thousand

        families, or a clan of a hundred chariots, Ch'iu might be employed as governor,

        but I do not know whether he is perfectly virtuous."

        "What do you say of Ch'ih?" The Master replied, "With his sash girt and

        standing in a court, Ch'ih might be employed to converse with the visitors and

        guests, but I do not know whether he is perfectly virtuous."

        The Master said to Tsze-kung, "Which do you consider superior, yourself or

        Hui?"

        Tsze-kung replied, "How dare I compare myself with Hui? Hui hears one point

        and knows all about a subject; I hear one point, and know a second."

        The Master said, "You are not equal to him. I grant you, you are not equal

        to him."

        Tsai Yu being asleep during the daytime, the Master said, "Rotten wood

        cannot be carved; a wall of dirty earth will not receive the trowel. This Yu,-

        what is the use of my reproving him?"

        The Master said, "At first, my way with men was to hear their words, and

        give them credit for their conduct. Now my way is to hear their words, and look

        at their conduct. It is from Yu that I have learned to make this change."

        The Master said, "I have not seen a firm and unbending man." Some one

        replied, "There is Shan Ch'ang." "Ch'ang," said the Master, "is under the

        influence of his passions; how can he be pronounced firm and unbending?"

        Tsze-kung said, "What I do not wish men to do to me, I also wish not to do

        to men." The Master said, "Ts'ze, you have not attained to that."

        Tsze-kung said, "The Master's personal displays of his principles and

        ordinary descriptions of them may be heard. His discourses about man's nature,

        and the way of Heaven, cannot be heard."

        When Tsze-lu heard anything, if he had not yet succeeded in carrying it into

        practice, he was only afraid lest he should hear something else.

        Tsze-kung asked, saying, "On what ground did Kung-wan get that title of

        Wan?"

        The Master said, "He was of an active nature and yet fond of learning, and

        he was not ashamed to ask and learn of his inferiors!-On these grounds he has

        been styled Wan."

        The Master said of Tsze-ch'an that he had four of the characteristics of a

        superior man-in his conduct of himself, he was humble; in serving his superior,

        he was respectful; in nourishing the people, he was kind; in ordering the people,

        he was just."

        The Master said, "Yen P'ing knew well how to maintain friendly intercourse.

        The acquaintance might be long, but he showed the same respect as at first."

        The Master said, "Tsang Wan kept a large tortoise in a house, on the

        capitals of the pillars of which he had hills made, and with representations of

        duckweed on the small pillars above the beams supporting the rafters.-Of what

        sort was his wisdom?"

        Tsze-chang asked, saying, "The minister Tsze-wan thrice took office, and

        manifested no joy in his countenance. Thrice he retired from office, and

        manifested no displeasure. He made it a point to inform the new minister of the

        way in which he had conducted the government; what do you say of him?" The

        Master replied. "He was loyal." "Was he perfectly virtuous?" "I do not know. How

        can he be pronounced perfectly virtuous?"

        Tsze-chang proceeded, "When the officer Ch'ui killed the prince of Ch'i,

        Ch'an Wan, though he was the owner of forty horses, abandoned them and left the

        country. Coming to another state, he said, 'They are here like our great officer,

        Ch'ui,' and left it. He came to a second state, and with the same observation

        left it also;-what do you say of him?" The Master replied, "He was pure." "Was

        he perfectly virtuous?" "I do not know. How can he be pronounced perfectly

        virtuous?"

        Chi Wan thought thrice, and then acted. When the Master was informed of it,

        he said, "Twice may do."

        The Master said, "When good order prevailed in his country, Ning Wu acted

        the part of a wise man. When his country was in disorder, he acted the part of a

        stupid man. Others may equal his wisdom, but they cannot equal his stupidity."

        When the Master was in Ch'an, he said, "Let me return! Let me return! The

        little children of my school are ambitious and too hasty. They are accomplished

        and complete so far, but they do not know how to restrict and shape themselves."

        The Master said, "Po-i and Shu-ch'i did not keep the former wickednesses of

        men in mind, and hence the resentments directed towards them were few."

        The Master said, "Who says of Weishang Kao that he is upright? One begged

        some vinegar of him, and he begged it of a neighbor and gave it to the man."

        The Master said, "Fine words, an insinuating appearance, and excessive

        respect;-Tso Ch'iu-ming was ashamed of them. I also am ashamed of them. To

        conceal resentment against a person, and appear friendly with him;-Tso Ch'iu-

        ming was ashamed of such conduct. I also am ashamed of it."

        Yen Yuan and Chi Lu being by his side, the Master said to them, "Come, let

        each of you tell his wishes."

        Tsze-lu said, "I should like, having chariots and horses, and light fur

        clothes, to share them with my friends, and though they should spoil them, I

        would not be displeased."

        Yen Yuan said, "I should like not to boast of my excellence, nor to make a

        display of my meritorious deeds."

        Tsze-lu then said, "I should like, sir, to hear your wishes." The Master

        said, "They are, in regard to the aged, to give them rest; in regard to friends,

        to show them sincerity; in regard to the young, to treat them tenderly."

        The Master said, "It is all over. I have not yet seen one who could perceive

        his faults, and inwardly accuse himself."

        The Master said, "In a hamlet of ten families, there may be found one

        honorable and sincere as I am, but not so fond of learning."





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        The Master said, "There is Yung!-He might occupy the place of a prince."

        Chung-kung asked about Tsze-sang Po-tsze. The Master said, "He may pass. He

        does not mind small matters."

        Chung-kung said, "If a man cherish in himself a reverential feeling of the

        necessity of attention to business, though he may be easy in small matters in

        his government of the people, that may be allowed. But if he cherish in himself

        that easy feeling, and also carry it out in his practice, is not such an

        easymode of procedure excessive?"

        The Master said, "Yung's words are right."

        The Duke Ai asked which of the disciples loved to learn.

        Confucius replied to him, "There was Yen Hui; he loved to learn. He did not

        transfer his anger; he did not repeat a fault. Unfortunately, his appointed time

        was short and he died; and now there is not such another. I have not yet heard

        of any one who loves to learn as he did."

        Tsze-hwa being employed on a mission to Ch'i, the disciple Zan requested

        grain for his mother. The Master said, "Give her a fu." Yen requested more.

        "Give her a yi," said the Master. Yen gave her five ping.

        The Master said, "When Ch'ih was proceeding to Ch'i, he had fat horses to

        his carriage, and wore light furs. I have heard that a superior man helps the

        distressed, but does not add to the wealth of the rich."

        Yuan Sze being made governor of his town by the Master, he gave him nine

        hundred measures of grain, but Sze declined them.

        The Master said, "Do not decline them. May you not give them away in the

        neighborhoods, hamlets, towns, and villages?"

        The Master, speaking of Chung-kung, said, "If the calf of a brindled cow be

        red and homed, although men may not wish to use it, would the spirits of the

        mountains and rivers put it aside?"

        The Master said, "Such was Hui that for three months there would be nothing

        in his mind contrary to perfect virtue. The others may attain to this on some

        days or in some months, but nothing more."

        Chi K'ang asked about Chung-yu, whether he was fit to be employed as an

        officer of government. The Master said, "Yu is a man of decision; what

        difficulty would he find in being an officer of government?" K'ang asked, "Is

        Ts'ze fit to be employed as an officer of government?" and was answered, "Ts'ze

        is a man of intelligence; what difficulty would he find in being an officer of

        government?" And to the same question about Ch'iu the Master gave the same reply,

        saying, "Ch'iu is a man of various ability."

        The chief of the Chi family sent to ask Min Tsze-ch'ien to be governor of Pi.

        Min Tszech'ien said, "Decline the offer for me politely. If any one come again

        to me with a second invitation, I shall be obliged to go and live on the banks

        of the Wan."

        Po-niu being ill, the Master went to ask for him. He took hold of his hand

        through the window, and said, "It is killing him. It is the appointment of

        Heaven, alas! That such a man should have such a sickness! That such a man

        should have such a sickness!"

        The Master said, "Admirable indeed was the virtue of Hui! With a single

        bamboo dish of rice, a single gourd dish of drink, and living in his mean narrow

        lane, while others could not have endured the distress, he did not allow his joy

        to be affected by it. Admirable indeed was the virtue of Hui!"

        Yen Ch'iu said, "It is not that I do not delight in your doctrines, but my

        strength is insufficient." The Master said, "Those whose strength is

        insufficient give over in the middle of the way but now you limit yourself."

        The Master said to Tsze-hsia, "Do you be a scholar after the style of the

        superior man, and not after that of the mean man."

        Tsze-yu being governor of Wu-ch'ang, the Master said to him, "Have you got

        good men there?" He answered, "There is Tan-t'ai Miehming, who never in walking

        takes a short cut, and never comes to my office, excepting on public business."

        The Master said, "Mang Chih-fan does not boast of his merit. Being in the

        rear on an occasion of flight, when they were about to enter the gate, he

        whipped up his horse, saying, "It is not that I dare to be last. My horse would

        not advance."

        The Master said, "Without the specious speech of the litanist T'o and the

        beauty of the prince Chao of Sung, it is difficult to escape in the present

        age."

        The Master said, "Who can go out but by the door? How is it that men will

        not walk according to these ways?"

        The Master said, "Where the solid qualities are in excess of accomplishments,

        we have rusticity; where the accomplishments are in excess of the solid

        qualities, we have the manners of a clerk. When the accomplishments and solid

        qualities are equally blended, we then have the man of virtue."

        The Master said, "Man is born for uprightness. If a man lose his uprightness,

        and yet live, his escape from death is the effect of mere good fortune."

        The Master said, "They who know the truth are not equal to those who love it,

        and they who love it are not equal to those who delight in it."

        The Master said, "To those whose talents are above mediocrity, the highest

        subjects may be announced. To those who are below mediocrity, the highest

        subjects may not be announced."

        Fan Ch'ih asked what constituted wisdom. The Master said, "To give one's

        self earnestly to the duties due to men, and, while respecting spiritual beings,

        to keep aloof from them, may be called wisdom." He asked about perfect virtue.

        The Master said, "The man of virtue makes the difficulty to be overcome his

        first business, and success only a subsequent consideration;-this may be called

        perfect virtue."

        The Master said, "The wise find pleasure in water; the virtuous find

        pleasure in hills. The wise are active; the virtuous are tranquil. The wise are

        joyful; the virtuous are long-lived."

        The Master said, "Ch'i, by one change, would come to the State of Lu. Lu, by

        one change, would come to a State where true principles predominated."

        The Master said, "A cornered vessel without corners-a strange cornered

        vessel! A strange cornered vessel!"

        Tsai Wo asked, saying, "A benevolent man, though it be told him,-'There is a

        man in the well" will go in after him, I suppose." Confucius said, "Why should

        he do so?" A superior man may be made to go to the well, but he cannot be made

        to go down into it. He may be imposed upon, but he cannot be fooled."

        The Master said, "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."

        The Master having visited Nan-tsze, Tsze-lu was displeased, on which the

        Master swore, saying, "Wherein I have done improperly, may Heaven reject me, may

        Heaven reject me!"

        The Master said, "Perfect is the virtue which is according to the Constant

        Mean! Rare for a long time has been its practice among the people."

        Tsze-kung said, "Suppose the case of a man extensively conferring benefits

        on the people, and able to assist all, what would you say of him? Might he be

        called perfectly virtuous?" The Master said, "Why speak only of virtue in

        connection with him? Must he not have the qualities of a sage? Even Yao and Shun

        were still solicitous about this.

        "Now the man of perfect virtue, wishing to be established himself, seeks

        also to establish others; wishing to be enlarged himself, he seeks also to

        enlarge others.

        "To be able to judge of others by what is nigh in ourselves;-this may be

        called the art of virtue."
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          The Master said, "A transmitter and not a maker, believing in and loving

          the ancients, I venture to compare myself with our old P'ang."

          The Master said, "The silent treasuring up of knowledge; learning without

          satiety; and instructing others without being wearied:-which one of these things

          belongs to me?"

          The Master said, "The leaving virtue without proper cultivation; the not

          thoroughly discussing what is learned; not being able to move towards

          righteousness of which a knowledge is gained; and not being able to change what

          is not good:-these are the things which occasion me solicitude."

          When the Master was unoccupied with business, his manner was easy, and he

          looked pleased.

          The Master said, "Extreme is my decay. For a long time, I have not dreamed,

          as I was wont to do, that I saw the duke of Chau."

          The Master said, "Let the will be set on the path of duty.

          "Let every attainment in what is good be firmly grasped.

          "Let perfect virtue be accorded with.

          "Let relaxation and enjoyment be found in the polite arts."

          The Master said, "From the man bringing his bundle of dried flesh for my

          teaching upwards, I have never refused instruction to any one."

          The Master said, "I do not open up the truth to one who is not eager to get

          knowledge, nor help out any one who is not anxious to explain himself. When I

          have presented one corner of a subject to any one, and he cannot from it learn

          the other three, I do not repeat my lesson."

          When the Master was eating by the side of a mourner, he never ate to the

          full.

          He did not sing on the same day in which he had been weeping.

          The Master said to Yen Yuan, "When called to office, to undertake its duties;

          when not so called, to he retired;-it is only I and you who have attained to

          this."

          Tsze-lu said, "If you had the conduct of the armies of a great state, whom

          would you have to act with you?"

          The Master said, "I would not have him to act with me, who will unarmed

          attack a tiger, or cross a river without a boat, dying without any regret. My

          associate must be the man who proceeds to action full of solicitude, who is fond

          of adjusting his plans, and then carries them into execution."

          The Master said, "If the search for riches is sure to be successful, though

          I should become a groom with whip in hand to get them, I will do so. As the

          search may not be successful, I will follow after that which I love."

          The things in reference to which the Master exercised the greatest caution

          were-fasting, war, and sickness.

          When the Master was in Ch'i, he heard the Shao, and for three months did not

          know the taste of flesh. "I did not think'" he said, "that music could have been

          made so excellent as this."

          Yen Yu said, "Is our Master for the ruler of Wei?" Tsze-kung said, "Oh! I

          will ask him."

          He went in accordingly, and said, "What sort of men were Po-i and Shu-ch'i?"

          "They were ancient worthies," said the Master. "Did they have any repinings

          because of their course?" The Master again replied, "They sought to act

          virtuously, and they did so; what was there for them to repine about?" On this,

          Tsze-kung went out and said, "Our Master is not for him."

          The Master said, "With coarse rice to eat, with water to drink, and my

          bended arm for a pillow;-I have still joy in the midst of these things. Riches

          and honors acquired by unrighteousness, are to me as a floating cloud."

          The Master said, "If some years were added to my life, I would give fifty to

          the study of the Yi, and then I might come to be without great faults."

          The Master's frequent themes of discourse were-the Odes, the History, and

          the maintenance of the Rules of Propriety. On all these he frequently discoursed.

          The Duke of Sheh asked Tsze-lu about Confucius, and Tsze-lu did not answer

          him.

          The Master said, "Why did you not say to him,-He is simply a man, who in his

          eager pursuit of knowledge forgets his food, who in the joy of its attainment

          forgets his sorrows, and who does not perceive that old age is coming on?"

          The Master said, "I am not one who was born in the possession of knowledge;

          I am one who is fond of antiquity, and earnest in seeking it there."

          The subjects on which the Master did not talk, were-extraordinary things,

          feats of strength, disorder, and spiritual beings.

          The Master said, "When I walk along with two others, they may serve me as my

          teachers. I will select their good qualities and follow them, their bad

          qualities and avoid them."

          The Master said, "Heaven produced the virtue that is in me. Hwan T'ui-what

          can he do to me?"

          The Master said, "Do you think, my disciples, that I have any concealments?

          I conceal nothing from you. There is nothing which I do that is not shown to you,

          my disciples; that is my way."

          There were four things which the Master taught,-letters, ethics, devotion of

          soul, and truthfulness.

          The Master said, "A sage it is not mine to see; could I see a man of real

          talent and virtue, that would satisfy me."

          The Master said, "A good man it is not mine to see; could I see a man

          possessed of constancy, that would satisfy me.

          "Having not and yet affecting to have, empty and yet affecting to be full,

          straitened and yet affecting to be at ease:-it is difficult with such

          characteristics to have constancy."

          The Master angled,-but did not use a net. He shot,-but not at birds perching.

          The Master said, "There may be those who act without knowing why. I do not

          do so. Hearing much and selecting what is good and following it; seeing much and

          keeping it in memory: this is the second style of knowledge."

          It was difficult to talk profitably and reputably with the people of Hu-

          hsiang, and a lad of that place having had an interview with the Master, the

          disciples doubted.

          The Master said, "I admit people's approach to me without committing myself

          as to what they may do when they have retired. Why must one be so severe? If a

          man purify himself to wait upon me, I receive him so purified, without

          guaranteeing his past conduct."

          The Master said, "Is virtue a thing remote? I wish to be virtuous, and lo!

          virtue is at hand."

          The minister of crime of Ch'an asked whether the duke Chao knew propriety,

          and Confucius said, "He knew propriety."

          Confucius having retired, the minister bowed to Wu-ma Ch'i to come forward,

          and said, "I have heard that the superior man is not a partisan. May the

          superior man be a partisan also? The prince married a daughter of the house of

          WU, of the same surname with himself, and called her,-'The elder Tsze of Wu.' If

          the prince knew propriety, who does not know it?"

          Wu-ma Ch'i reported these remarks, and the Master said, "I am fortunate! If

          I have any errors, people are sure to know them."

          When the Master was in company with a person who was singing, if he sang

          well, he would make him repeat the song, while he accompanied it with his own

          voice.

          The Master said, "In letters I am perhaps equal to other men, but the

          character of the superior man, carrying out in his conduct what he professes, is

          what I have not yet attained to."

          The Master said, "The sage and the man of perfect virtue;-how dare I rank

          myself with them? It may simply be said of me, that I strive to become such

          without satiety, and teach others without weariness." Kung-hsi Hwa said, "This

          is just what we, the disciples, cannot imitate you in."

          The Master being very sick, Tsze-lu asked leave to pray for him. He said,

          "May such a thing be done?" Tsze-lu replied, "It may. In the Eulogies it is said,

          'Prayer has been made for thee to the spirits of the upper and lower worlds.'"

          The Master said, "My praying has been for a long time."

          The Master said, "Extravagance leads to insubordination, and parsimony to

          meanness. It is better to be mean than to be insubordinate."

          The Master said, "The superior man is satisfied and composed; the mean man

          is always full of distress."

          The Master was mild, and yet dignified; majestic, and yet not fierce;

          respectful, and yet easy.





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          The Master said, "T'ai-po may be said to have reached the highest point of

          virtuous action. Thrice he declined the kingdom, and the people in ignorance of

          his motives could not express their approbation of his conduct."

          The Master said, "Respectfulness, without the rules of propriety, becomes

          laborious bustle; carefulness, without the rules of propriety, becomes timidity;

          boldness, without the rules of propriety, becomes insubordination;

          straightforwardness, without the rules of propriety, becomes rudeness.

          "When those who are in high stations perform well all their duties to their

          relations, the people are aroused to virtue. When old friends are not neglected

          by them, the people are preserved from meanness."

          The philosopher Tsang being ill, he cared to him the disciples of his school,

          and said, "Uncover my feet, uncover my hands. It is said in the Book of Poetry,

          'We should be apprehensive and cautious, as if on the brink of a deep gulf, as

          if treading on thin ice, I and so have I been. Now and hereafter, I know my

          escape from all injury to my person. O ye, my little children."

          The philosopher Tsang being ill, Meng Chang went to ask how he was.

          Tsang said to him, "When a bird is about to die, its notes are mournful;

          when a man is about to die, his words are good.

          "There are three principles of conduct which the man of high rank should

          consider specially important:-that in his deportment and manner he keep from

          violence and heedlessness; that in regulating his countenance he keep near to

          sincerity; and that in his words and tones he keep far from lowness and

          impropriety. As to such matters as attending to the sacrificial vessels, there

          are the proper officers for them."

          The philosopher Tsang said, "Gifted with ability, and yet putting questions

          to those who were not so; possessed of much, and yet putting questions to those

          possessed of little; having, as though he had not; full, and yet counting

          himself as empty; offended against, and yet entering into no altercation;

          formerly I had a friend who pursued this style of conduct."

          The philosopher Tsang said, "Suppose that there is an individual who can be

          entrusted with the charge of a young orphan prince, and can be commissioned with

          authority over a state of a hundred li, and whom no emergency however great can

          drive from his principles:-is such a man a superior man? He is a superior man

          indeed."

          The philosopher Tsang said, "The officer may not be without breadth of mind

          and vigorous endurance. His burden is heavy and his course is long.

          "Perfect virtue is the burden which he considers it is his to sustain;-is it

          not heavy? Only with death does his course stop;-is it not long?

          The Master said, "It is by the Odes that the mind is aroused.

          "It is by the Rules of Propriety that the character is established.

          "It is from Music that the finish is received."

          The Master said, "The people may be made to follow a path of action, but

          they may not be made to understand it."

          The Master said, "The man who is fond of daring and is dissatisfied with

          poverty, will proceed to insubordination. So will the man who is not virtuous,

          when you carry your dislike of him to an extreme."

          The Master said, "Though a man have abilities as admirable as those of the

          Duke of Chau, yet if he be proud and niggardly, those other things are really

          not worth being looked at."

          The Master said, "It is not easy to find a man who has learned for three

          years without coming to be good."

          The Master said, "With sincere faith he unites the love of learning; holding

          firm to death, he is perfecting the excellence of his course.

          "Such an one will not enter a tottering state, nor dwell in a disorganized

          one. When right principles of government prevail in the kingdom, he will show

          himself; when they are prostrated, he will keep concealed.

          "When a country is well governed, poverty and a mean condition are things to

          be ashamed of. When a country is ill governed, riches and honor are things to be

          ashamed of."

          The Master said, "He who is not in any particular office has nothing to do

          with plans for the administration of its duties."

          The Master said, "When the music master Chih first entered on his office,

          the finish of the Kwan Tsu was magnificent;-how it filled the ears!"

          The Master said, "Ardent and yet not upright, stupid and yet not attentive;

          simple and yet not sincere:-such persons I do not understand."

          The Master said, "Learn as if you could not reach your object, and were

          always fearing also lest you should lose it."

          The Master said, "How majestic was the manner in which Shun and Yu held

          possession of the empire, as if it were nothing to them!

          The Master said, "Great indeed was Yao as a sovereign! How majestic was he!

          It is only Heaven that is grand, and only Yao corresponded to it. How vast was

          his virtue! The people could find no name for it.

          "How majestic was he in the works which he accomplished! How glorious in the

          elegant regulations which he instituted!"

          Shun had five ministers, and the empire was well governed.

          King Wu said, "I have ten able ministers."

          Confucius said, "Is not the saying that talents are difficult to find, true?

          Only when the dynasties of T'ang and Yu met, were they more abundant than in

          this of Chau, yet there was a woman among them. The able ministers were no more

          than nine men.

          "King Wan possessed two of the three parts of the empire, and with those he

          served the dynasty of Yin. The virtue of the house of Chau may be said to have

          reached the highest point indeed."

          The Master said, "I can find no flaw in the character of Yu. He used himself

          coarse food and drink, but displayed the utmost filial piety towards the spirits.

          His ordinary garments were poor, but he displayed the utmost elegance in his

          sacrificial cap and apron. He lived in a low, mean house, but expended all his

          strength on the ditches and water channels. I can find nothing like a flaw in

          Yu."
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            The subjects of which the Master seldom spoke were-profitableness, and also

            the appointments of Heaven, and perfect virtue.

            A man of the village of Ta-hsiang said, "Great indeed is the philosopher

            K'ung! His learning is extensive, and yet he does not render his name famous by

            any particular thing."

            The Master heard the observation, and said to his disciples, "What shall I

            practice? Shall I practice charioteering, or shall I practice archery? I will

            practice charioteering."

            The Master said, "The linen cap is that prescribed by the rules of ceremony,

            but now a silk one is worn. It is economical, and I follow the common practice.

            "The rules of ceremony prescribe the bowing below the hall, but now the

            practice is to bow only after ascending it. That is arrogant. I continue to bow

            below the hall, though I oppose the common practice."

            There were four things from which the Master was entirely free. He had no

            foregone conclusions, no arbitrary predeterminations, no obstinacy, and no

            egoism.

            The Master was put in fear in K'wang.

            He said, "After the death of King Wan, was not the cause of truth lodged

            here in me?

            "If Heaven had wished to let this cause of truth perish, then I, a future

            mortal! should not have got such a relation to that cause. While Heaven does not

            let the cause of truth perish, what can the people of K'wang do to me?"

            A high officer asked Tsze-kung, saying, "May we not say that your Master is

            a sage? How various is his ability!"

            Tsze-kung said, "Certainly Heaven has endowed him unlimitedly. He is about a

            sage. And, moreover, his ability is various."

            The Master heard of the conversation and said, "Does the high officer know

            me? When I was young, my condition was low, and I acquired my ability in many

            things, but they were mean matters. Must the superior man have such variety of

            ability? He does not need variety of ability. Lao said, "The Master said,

            'Having no official employment, I acquired many arts.'"

            The Master said, "Am I indeed possessed of knowledge? I am not knowing. But

            if a mean person, who appears quite empty-like, ask anything of me, I set it

            forth from one end to the other, and exhaust it."

            The Master said, "The Fang bird does not come; the river sends forth no

            map:-it is all over with me!"

            When the Master saw a person in a mourning dress, or any one with the cap

            and upper and lower garments of full dress, or a blind person, on observing them

            approaching, though they were younger than himself, he would rise up, and if he

            had to pass by them, he would do so hastily.

            Yen Yuan, in admiration of the Master's doctrines, sighed and said, "I

            looked up to them, and they seemed to become more high; I tried to penetrate

            them, and they seemed to become more firm; I looked at them before me, and

            suddenly they seemed to be behind.

            "The Master, by orderly method, skillfully leads men on. He enlarged my mind

            with learning, and taught me the restraints of propriety.

            "When I wish to give over the study of his doctrines, I cannot do so, and

            having exerted all my ability, there seems something to stand right up before me;

            but though I wish to follow and lay hold of it, I really find no way to do so."

            The Master being very ill, Tsze-lu wished the disciples to act as ministers

            to him.

            During a remission of his illness, he said, "Long has the conduct of Yu been

            deceitful! By pretending to have ministers when I have them not, whom should I

            impose upon? Should I impose upon Heaven?

            "Moreover, than that I should die in the hands of ministers, is it not

            better that I should die in the hands of you, my disciples? And though I may not

            get a great burial, shall I die upon the road?"

            Tsze-kung said, "There is a beautiful gem here. Should I lay it up in a case

            and keep it? or should I seek for a good price and sell it?" The Master said,

            "Sell it! Sell it! But I would wait for one to offer the price."

            The Master was wishing to go and live among the nine wild tribes of the east.

            Some one said, "They are rude. How can you do such a thing?" The Master said,

            "If a superior man dwelt among them, what rudeness would there be?"

            The Master said, "I returned from Wei to Lu, and then the music was reformed,

            and the pieces in the Royal songs and Praise songs all found their proper

            places."

            The Master said, "Abroad, to serve the high ministers and nobles; at home,

            to serve one's father and elder brothers; in all duties to the dead, not to dare

            not to exert one's self; and not to be overcome of wine:-which one of these

            things do I attain to?"

            The Master standing by a stream, said, "It passes on just like this, not

            ceasing day or night!"

            The Master said, "I have not seen one who loves virtue as he loves beauty."

            The Master said, "The prosecution of learning may be compared to what may

            happen in raising a mound. If there want but one basket of earth to complete the

            work, and I stop, the stopping is my own work. It may be compared to throwing

            down the earth on the level ground. Though but one basketful is thrown at a time,

            the advancing with it my own going forward."

            The Master said, "Never flagging when I set forth anything to him;-ah! that

            is Hui." The Master said of Yen Yuan, "Alas! I saw his constant advance. I never

            saw him stop in his progress."

            The Master said, "There are cases in which the blade springs, but the plant

            does not go on to flower! There are cases where it flowers but fruit is not

            subsequently produced!"

            The Master said, "A youth is to be regarded with respect. How do we know

            that his future will not be equal to our present? If he reach the age of forty

            or fifty, and has not made himself heard of, then indeed he will not be worth

            being regarded with respect."

            The Master said, "Can men refuse to assent to the words of strict admonition?

            But it is reforming the conduct because of them which is valuable. Can men

            refuse to be pleased with words of gentle advice? But it is unfolding their aim

            which is valuable. If a man be pleased with these words, but does not unfold

            their aim, and assents to those, but does not reform his conduct, I can really

            do nothing with him."

            The Master said, "Hold faithfulness and sincerity as first principles. Have

            no friends not equal to yourself. When you have faults, do not fear to abandon

            them."

            The Master said, "The commander of the forces of a large state may be

            carried off, but the will of even a common man cannot be taken from him."

            The Master said, "Dressed himself in a tattered robe quilted with hemp, yet

            standing by the side of men dressed in furs, and not ashamed;-ah! it is Yu who

            is equal to this!

            "He dislikes none, he covets nothing;-what can he do but what is good!"

            Tsze-lu kept continually repeating these words of the ode, when the Master

            said, "Those things are by no means sufficient to constitute perfect

            excellence."

            The Master said, "When the year becomes cold, then we know how the pine and

            the cypress are the last to lose their leaves."

            The Master said, "The wise are free from perplexities; the virtuous from

            anxiety; and the bold from fear."

            The Master said, "There are some with whom we may study in common, but we

            shall find them unable to go along with us to principles. Perhaps we may go on

            with them to principles, but we shall find them unable to get established in

            those along with us. Or if we may get so established along with them, we shall

            find them unable to weigh occurring events along with us."

            "How the flowers of the aspen-plum flutter and turn! Do I not think of you?

            But your house is distant."

            The Master said, "It is the want of thought about it. How is it distant?"





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            Confucius, in his village, looked simple and sincere, and as if he were not

            able to speak.

            When he was in the prince's ancestral temple, or in the court, he spoke

            minutely on every point, but cautiously.

            When he was waiting at court, in speaking with the great officers of the

            lower grade, he spoke freely, but in a straightforward manner; in speaking with

            those of the higher grade, he did so blandly, but precisely.

            When the ruler was present, his manner displayed respectful uneasiness; it

            was grave, but self-possessed.

            When the prince called him to employ him in the reception of a visitor, his

            countenance appeared to change, and his legs to move forward with difficulty.

            He inclined himself to the other officers among whom he stood, moving his

            left or right arm, as their position required, but keeping the skirts of his

            robe before and behind evenly adjusted.

            He hastened forward, with his arms like the wings of a bird.

            When the guest had retired, he would report to the prince, "The visitor is

            not turning round any more."

            When he entered the palace gate, he seemed to bend his body, as if it were

            not sufficient to admit him.

            When he was standing, he did not occupy the middle of the gateway; when he

            passed in or out, he did not tread upon the threshold.

            When he was passing the vacant place of the prince, his countenance appeared

            to change, and his legs to bend under him, and his words came as if he hardly

            had breath to utter them.

            He ascended the reception hall, holding up his robe with both his hands, and

            his body bent; holding in his breath also, as if he dared not breathe.

            When he came out from the audience, as soon as he had descended one step, he

            began to relax his countenance, and had a satisfied look. When he had got the

            bottom of the steps, he advanced rapidly to his place, with his arms like wings,

            and on occupying it, his manner still showed respectful uneasiness.

            When he was carrying the scepter of his ruler, he seemed to bend his body,

            as if he were not able to bear its weight. He did not hold it higher than the

            position of the hands in making a bow, nor lower than their position in giving

            anything to another. His countenance seemed to change, and look apprehensive,

            and he dragged his feet along as if they were held by something to the ground.

            In presenting the presents with which he was charged, he wore a placid

            appearance.

            At his private audience, he looked highly pleased.

            The superior man did not use a deep purple, or a puce color, in the

            ornaments of his dress.

            Even in his undress, he did not wear anything of a red or reddish color.

            In warm weather, he had a single garment either of coarse or fine texture,

            but he wore it displayed over an inner garment.

            Over lamb's fur he wore a garment of black; over fawn's fur one of white;

            and over fox's fur one of yellow.

            The fur robe of his undress was long, with the right sleeve short.

            He required his sleeping dress to be half as long again as his body.

            When staying at home, he used thick furs of the fox or the badger.

            When he put off mourning, he wore all the appendages of the girdle.

            His undergarment, except when it was required to be of the curtain shape,

            was made of silk cut narrow above and wide below.

            He did not wear lamb's fur or a black cap on a visit of condolence.

            On the first day of the month he put on his court robes, and presented

            himself at court.

            When fasting, he thought it necessary to have his clothes brightly clean and

            made of linen cloth.

            When fasting, he thought it necessary to change his food, and also to change

            the place where he commonly sat in the apartment.

            He did not dislike to have his rice finely cleaned, nor to have his mince

            meat cut quite small.

            He did not eat rice which had been injured by heat or damp and turned sour,

            nor fish or flesh which was gone. He did not eat what was discolored, or what

            was of a bad flavor, nor anything which was ill-cooked, or was not in season.

            He did not eat meat which was not cut properly, nor what was served without

            its proper sauce.

            Though there might be a large quantity of meat, he would not allow what he

            took to exceed the due proportion for the rice. It was only in wine that he laid

            down no limit for himself, but he did not allow himself to be confused by it.

            He did not partake of wine and dried meat bought in the market.

            He was never without ginger when he ate. He did not eat much.

            When he had been assisting at the prince's sacrifice, he did not keep the

            flesh which he received overnight. The flesh of his family sacrifice he did not

            keep over three days. If kept over three days, people could not eat it.

            When eating, he did not converse. When in bed, he did not speak.

            Although his food might be coarse rice and vegetable soup, he would offer a

            little of it in sacrifice with a grave, respectful air.

            If his mat was not straight, he did not sit on it.

            When the villagers were drinking together, upon those who carried staffs

            going out, he also went out immediately after.

            When the villagers were going through their ceremonies to drive away

            pestilential influences, he put on his court robes and stood on the eastern

            steps.

            When he was sending complimentary inquiries to any one in another state, he

            bowed twice as he escorted the messenger away.

            Chi K'ang having sent him a present of physic, he bowed and received it,

            saying, "I do not know it. I dare not taste it."

            The stable being burned down, when he was at court, on his return he said,

            "Has any man been hurt?" He did not ask about the horses.

            When the he would adjust his mat, first taste it, and then give it away to

            others. When the prince sent him a gift of undressed meat, he would have it

            cooked, and offer it to the spirits of his ancestors. When the prince sent him a

            gift of a living animal, he would keep it alive.

            When he was in attendance on the prince and joining in the entertainment,

            the prince only sacrificed. He first tasted everything.

            When he was ill and the prince came to visit him, he had his head to the

            east, made his court robes be spread over him, and drew his girdle across them.

            When the prince's order called him, without waiting for his carriage to be

            yoked, he went at once.

            When he entered the ancestral temple of the state, he asked about everything.

            When any of his friends died, if he had no relations offices, he would say,

            "I will bury him."

            When a friend sent him a present, though it might be a carriage and horses,

            he did not bow.

            The only present for which he bowed was that of the flesh of sacrifice.

            In bed, he did not lie like a corpse. At home, he did not put on any formal

            deportment.

            When he saw any one in a mourning dress, though it might be an acquaintance,

            he would change countenance; when he saw any one wearing the cap of full dress,

            or a blind person, though he might be in his undress, he would salute him in a

            ceremonious manner.

            To any person in mourning he bowed forward to the crossbar of his carriage;

            he bowed in the same way to any one bearing the tables of population.

            When he was at an entertainment where there was an abundance of provisions

            set before him, he would change countenance and rise up.

            On a sudden clap of thunder, or a violent wind, he would change countenance.

            When he was about to mount his carriage, he would stand straight, holding

            the cord.

            When he was in the carriage, he did not turn his head quite round, he did

            not talk hastily, he did not point with his hands.

            Seeing the countenance, it instantly rises. It flies round, and by and by

            settles.

            The Master said, "There is the hen-pheasant on the hill bridge. At its

            season! At its season!" Tsze-lu made a motion to it. Thrice it smelt him and

            then rose.
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              The Master said, "The men of former times in the matters of ceremonies and

              music were rustics, it is said, while the men of these latter times, in

              ceremonies and music, are accomplished gentlemen.

              "If I have occasion to use those things, I follow the men of former times."

              The Master said, "Of those who were with me in Ch'an and Ts'ai, there are

              none to be found to enter my door."

              Distinguished for their virtuous principles and practice, there were Yen

              Yuan, Min Tsze-ch'ien, Zan Po-niu, and Chung-kung; for their ability in speech,

              Tsai Wo and Tsze-kung; for their administrative talents, Zan Yu and Chi Lu; for

              their literary acquirements, Tsze-yu and Tsze-hsia.

              The Master said, "Hui gives me no assistance. There is nothing that I say in

              which he does not delight."

              The Master said, "Filial indeed is Min Tsze-ch'ien! Other people say nothing

              of him different from the report of his parents and brothers."

              Nan Yung was frequently repeating the lines about a white scepter stone.

              Confucius gave him the daughter of his elder brother to wife.

              Chi K'ang asked which of the disciples loved to learn. Confucius replied to

              him, "There was Yen Hui; he loved to learn. Unfortunately his appointed time was

              short, and he died. Now there is no one who loves to learn, as he did."

              When Yen Yuan died, Yen Lu begged the carriage of the Master to sell and get

              an outer shell for his son's coffin.

              The Master said, "Every one calls his son his son, whether he has talents or

              has not talents. There was Li; when he died, he had a coffin but no outer shell.

              I would not walk on foot to get a shell for him, because, having followed in the

              rear of the great officers, it was not proper that I should walk on foot."

              When Yen Yuan died, the Master said, "Alas! Heaven is destroying me! Heaven

              is destroying me!"

              When Yen Yuan died, the Master bewailed him exceedingly, and the disciples

              who were with him said, "Master, your grief is excessive!"

              "Is it excessive?" said he. "If I am not to mourn bitterly for this man, for

              whom should I mourn?"

              When Yen Yuan died, the disciples wished to give him a great funeral, and

              the Master said, "You may not do so."

              The disciples did bury him in great style.

              The Master said, "Hui behaved towards me as his father. I have not been able

              to treat him as my son. The fault is not mine; it belongs to you, O disciples."

              Chi Lu asked about serving the spirits of the dead. The Master said, "While

              you are not able to serve men, how can you serve their spirits?" Chi Lu added,

              "I venture to ask about death?" He was answered, "While you do not know life,

              how can you know about death?"

              The disciple Min was standing by his side, looking bland and precise; Tsze-

              lu, looking bold and soldierly; Zan Yu and Tsze-kung, with a free and

              straightforward manner. The Master was pleased.

              He said, "Yu, there!-he will not die a natural death."

              Some parties in Lu were going to take down and rebuild the Long Treasury.

              Min Tsze-ch'ien said, "Suppose it were to be repaired after its old style;-

              why must it be altered and made anew?"

              The Master said, "This man seldom speaks; when he does, he is sure to hit

              the point."

              The Master said, "What has the lute of Yu to do in my door?"

              The other disciples began not to respect Tszelu. The Master said, "Yu has

              ascended to the hall, though he has not yet passed into the inner apartments."

              Tsze-kung asked which of the two, Shih or Shang, was the superior. The

              Master said, "Shih goes beyond the due mean, and Shang does not come up to it."

              "Then," said Tsze-kung, "the superiority is with Shih, I suppose."

              The Master said, "To go beyond is as wrong as to fall short."

              The head of the Chi family was richer than the duke of Chau had been, and

              yet Ch'iu collected his imposts for him, and increased his wealth.

              The Master said, "He is no disciple of mine. My little children, beat the

              drum and assail him."

              Ch'ai is simple. Shan is dull. Shih is specious. Yu is coarse.

              The Master said, "There is Hui! He has nearly attained to perfect virtue. He

              is often in want.

              "Ts'ze does not acquiesce in the appointments of Heaven, and his goods are

              increased by him. Yet his judgments are often correct."

              Tsze-chang asked what were the characteristics of the good man. The Master

              said, "He does not tread in the footsteps of others, but moreover, he does not

              enter the chamber of the sage."

              The Master said, "If, because a man's discourse appears solid and sincere,

              we allow him to be a good man, is he really a superior man? or is his gravity

              only in appearance?"

              Tsze-lu asked whether he should immediately carry into practice what he

              heard. The Master said, "There are your father and elder brothers to be

              consulted;-why should you act on that principle of immediately carrying into

              practice what you hear?" Zan Yu asked the same, whether he should immediately

              carry into practice what he heard, and the Master answered, "Immediately carry

              into practice what you hear." Kung-hsi Hwa said, "Yu asked whether he should

              carry immediately into practice what he heard, and you said, 'There are your

              father and elder brothers to be consulted.' Ch'iu asked whether he should

              immediately carry into practice what he heard, and you said, 'Carry it

              immediately into practice.' I, Ch'ih, am perplexed, and venture to ask you for

              an explanation." The Master said, "Ch'iu is retiring and slow; therefore I urged

              him forward. Yu has more than his own share of energy; therefore I kept him

              back."

              The Master was put in fear in K'wang and Yen Yuan fell behind. The Master,

              on his rejoining him, said, "I thought you had died." Hui replied, "While you

              were alive, how should I presume to die?"

              Chi Tsze-zan asked whether Chung Yu and Zan Ch'iu could be called great

              ministers.

              The Master said, "I thought you would ask about some extraordinary

              individuals, and you only ask about Yu and Ch'iu!

              "What is called a great minister, is one who serves his prince according to

              what is right, and when he finds he cannot do so, retires.

              "Now, as to Yu and Ch'iu, they may be called ordinary ministers."

              Tsze-zan said, "Then they will always follow their chief;-win they?"

              The Master said, "In an act of parricide or regicide, they would not follow

              him."

              Tsze-lu got Tsze-kao appointed governor of Pi.

              The Master said, "You are injuring a man's son."

              Tsze-lu said, "There are, there, common people and officers; there are the

              altars of the spirits of the land and grain. Why must one read books before he

              can be considered to have learned?"

              The Master said, "It is on this account that I hate your glib-tongued

              people."

              Tsze-lu, Tsang Hsi, Zan Yu, and Kunghsi Hwa were sitting by the Master.

              He said to them, "Though I am a day or so older than you, do not think of

              that.

              "From day to day you are saying, 'We are not known.' If some ruler were to

              know you, what would you like to do?"

              Tsze-lu hastily and lightly replied, "Suppose the case of a state of ten

              thousand chariots; let it be straitened between other large cities; let it be

              suffering from invading armies; and to this let there be added a famine in corn

              and in all vegetables:-if I were intrusted with the government of it, in three

              years' time I could make the people to be bold, and to recognize the rules of

              righteous conduct." The Master smiled at him.

              Turning to Yen Yu, he said, "Ch'iu, what are your wishes?" Ch'iu replied,

              "Suppose a state of sixty or seventy li square, or one of fifty or sixty, and

              let me have the government of it;-in three years' time, I could make plenty to

              abound among the people. As to teaching them the principles of propriety, and

              music, I must wait for the rise of a superior man to do that."

              "What are your wishes, Ch'ih," said the Master next to Kung-hsi Hwa. Ch'ih

              replied, "I do not say that my ability extends to these things, but I should

              wish to learn them. At the services of the ancestral temple, and at the

              audiences of the princes with the sovereign, I should like, dressed in the dark

              square-made robe and the black linen cap, to act as a small assistant."

              Last of all, the Master asked Tsang Hsi, "Tien, what are your wishes?" Tien,

              pausing as he was playing on his lute, while it was yet twanging, laid the

              instrument aside, and "My wishes," he said, "are different from the cherished

              purposes of these three gentlemen." "What harm is there in that?" said the

              Master; "do you also, as well as they, speak out your wishes." Tien then said,

              "In this, the last month of spring, with the dress of the season all complete,

              along with five or six young men who have assumed the cap, and six or seven boys,

              I would wash in the I, enjoy the breeze among the rain altars, and return home

              singing." The Master heaved a sigh and said, "I give my approval to Tien."

              The three others having gone out, Tsang Hsi remained behind, and said, "What

              do you think of the words of these three friends?" The Master replied, "They

              simply told each one his wishes."

              Hsi pursued, "Master, why did you smile at Yu?"

              He was answered, "The management of a state demands the rules of propriety.

              His words were not humble; therefore I smiled at him."

              Hsi again said, "But was it not a state which Ch'iu proposed for himself?"

              The reply was, "Yes; did you ever see a territory of sixty or seventy li or one

              of fifty or sixty, which was not a state?"

              Once more, Hsi inquired, "And was it not a state which Ch'ih proposed for

              himself?" The Master again replied, "Yes; who but princes have to do with

              ancestral temples, and with audiences but the sovereign? If Ch'ih were to be a

              small assistant in these services, who could be a great one?
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                Yen Yuan asked about perfect virtue. The Master said, "To subdue one's self

                and return to propriety, is perfect virtue. If a man can for one day subdue

                himself and return to propriety, an under heaven will ascribe perfect virtue to

                him. Is the practice of perfect virtue from a man himself, or is it from

                others?"

                Yen Yuan said, "I beg to ask the steps of that process." The Master replied,

                "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." Yen Yuan then said, "Though I am deficient in

                intelligence and vigor, I will make it my business to practice this lesson."

                Chung-kung asked about perfect virtue. The Master said, "It is, when you go

                abroad, to behave to every one as if you were receiving a great guest; to employ

                the people as if you were assisting at a great sacrifice; not to do to others as

                you would not wish done to yourself; to have no murmuring against you in the

                country, and none in the family." Chung-kung said, "Though I am deficient in

                intelligence and vigor, I will make it my business to practice this lesson."

                Sze-ma Niu asked about perfect virtue.

                The Master said, "The man of perfect virtue is cautious and slow in his

                speech."

                "Cautious and slow in his speech!" said Niu;-"is this what is meant by

                perfect virtue?" The Master said, "When a man feels the difficulty of doing, can

                he be other than cautious and slow in speaking?"

                Sze-ma Niu asked about the superior man. The Master said, "The superior man

                has neither anxiety nor fear."

                "Being without anxiety or fear!" said Nui;"does this constitute what we call

                the superior man?"

                The Master said, "When internal examination discovers nothing wrong, what is

                there to be anxious about, what is there to fear?"

                Sze-ma Niu, full of anxiety, said, "Other men all have their brothers, I

                only have not."

                Tsze-hsia said to him, "There is the following saying which I have heard-

                'Death and life have their determined appointment; riches and honors depend upon

                Heaven.'

                "Let the superior man never fail reverentially to order his own conduct, and

                let him be respectful to others and observant of propriety:-then all within the

                four seas will be his brothers. What has the superior man to do with being

                distressed because he has no brothers?"

                Tsze-chang asked what constituted intelligence. The Master said, "He with

                whom neither slander that gradually soaks into the mind, nor statements that

                startle like a wound in the flesh, are successful may be called intelligent

                indeed. Yea, he with whom neither soaking slander, nor startling statements, are

                successful, may be called farseeing."

                Tsze-kung asked about government. The Master said, "The requisites of

                government are that there be sufficiency of food, sufficiency of military

                equipment, and the confidence of the people in their ruler."

                Tsze-kung said, "If it cannot be helped, and one of these must be dispensed

                with, which of the three should be foregone first?" "The military equipment,"

                said the Master.

                Tsze-kung again asked, "If it cannot be helped, and one of the remaining two

                must be dispensed with, which of them should be foregone?" The Master answered,

                "Part with the food. From of old, death has been the lot of an men; but if the

                people have no faith in their rulers, there is no standing for the state."

                Chi Tsze-ch'ang said, "In a superior man it is only the substantial

                qualities which are wanted;-why should we seek for ornamental accomplishments?"

                Tsze-kung said, "Alas! Your words, sir, show you to be a superior man, but

                four horses cannot overtake the tongue. Ornament is as substance; substance is

                as ornament. The hide of a tiger or a leopard stripped of its hair, is like the

                hide of a dog or a goat stripped of its hair."

                The Duke Ai inquired of Yu Zo, saying, "The year is one of scarcity, and the

                returns for expenditure are not sufficient;-what is to be done?"

                Yu Zo replied to him, "Why not simply tithe the people?"

                "With two tenths, said the duke, "I find it not enough;-how could I do with

                that system of one tenth?"

                Yu Zo answered, "If the people have plenty, their prince will not be left to

                want alone. If the people are in want, their prince cannot enjoy plenty alone."

                Tsze-chang having asked how virtue was to be exalted, and delusions to be

                discovered, the Master said, "Hold faithfulness and sincerity as first

                principles, and be moving continually to what is right,-this is the way to exalt

                one's virtue.

                "You love a man and wish him to live; you hate him and wish him to die.

                Having wished him to live, you also wish him to die. This is a case of delusion.

                'It may not be on account of her being rich, yet you come to make a

                difference.'"

                The Duke Ching, of Ch'i, asked Confucius about government. Confucius replied,

                "There is government, when the prince is prince, and the minister is minister;

                when the father is father, and the son is son."

                "Good!" said the duke; "if, indeed, the prince be not prince, the not

                minister, the father not father, and the son not son, although I have my revenue,

                can I enjoy it?"

                The Master said, "Ah! it is Yu, who could with half a word settle

                litigations!"

                Tsze-lu never slept over a promise.

                The Master said, "In hearing litigations, I am like any other body. What is

                necessary, however, is to cause the people to have no litigations."

                Tsze-chang asked about government. The Master said, "The art of governing is

                to keep its affairs before the mind without weariness, and to practice them with

                undeviating consistency."

                The Master said, "By extensively studying all learning, and keeping himself

                under the restraint of the rules of propriety, one may thus likewise not err

                from what is right."

                The Master said, "The superior man seeks to perfect the admirable qualities

                of men, and does not seek to perfect their bad qualities. The mean man does the

                opposite of this."

                Chi K'ang asked Confucius about government. Confucius replied, "To govern

                means to rectify. If you lead on the people with correctness, who will dare not

                to be correct?"

                Chi K'ang, distressed about the number of thieves in the state, inquired of

                Confucius how to do away with them. Confucius said, "If you, sir, were not

                covetous, although you should reward them to do it, they would not steal."

                Chi K'ang asked Confucius about government, saying, "What do you say to

                killing the unprincipled for the good of the principled?" Confucius replied,

                "Sir, in carrying on your government, why should you use killing at all? Let

                your evinced desires be for what is good, and the people will be good. The

                relation between superiors and inferiors is like that between the wind and the

                grass. The grass must bend, when the wind blows across it."

                Tsze-chang asked, "What must the officer be, who may be said to be

                distinguished?"

                The Master said, "What is it you call being distinguished?"

                Tsze-chang replied, "It is to be heard of through the state, to be heard of

                throughout his clan."

                The Master said, "That is notoriety, not distinction.

                "Now the man of distinction is solid and straightforward, and loves

                righteousness. He examines people's words, and looks at their countenances. He

                is anxious to humble himself to others. Such a man will be distinguished in the

                country; he will be distinguished in his clan.

                "As to the man of notoriety, he assumes the appearance of virtue, but his

                actions are opposed to it, and he rests in this character without any doubts

                about himself. Such a man will be heard of in the country; he will be heard of

                in the clan."

                Fan Ch'ih rambling with the Master under the trees about the rain altars,

                said, "I venture to ask how to exalt virtue, to correct cherished evil, and to

                discover delusions."

                The Master said, "Truly a good question!

                "If doing what is to be done be made the first business, and success a

                secondary consideration:-is not this the way to exalt virtue? To assail one's

                own wickedness and not assail that of others;-is not this the way to correct

                cherished evil? For a morning's anger to disregard one's own life, and involve

                that of his parents;-is not this a case of delusion?"

                Fan Ch'ih asked about benevolence. The Master said, "It is to love all men."

                He asked about knowledge. The Master said, "It is to know all men."

                Fan Ch'ih did not immediately understand these answers.

                The Master said, "Employ the upright and put aside all the crooked; in this

                way the crooked can be made to be upright."

                Fan Ch'ih retired, and, seeing Tsze-hsia, he said to him, "A Little while

                ago, I had an interview with our Master, and asked him about knowledge. He said,

                'Employ the upright, and put aside all the crooked;-in this way, the crooked

                will be made to be upright.' What did he mean?"

                Tsze-hsia said, "Truly rich is his saying!

                "Shun, being in possession of the kingdom, selected from among all the

                people, and employed Kai-yao-on which all who were devoid of virtue disappeared.

                T'ang, being in possession of the kingdom, selected from among all the people,

                and employed I Yin-and an who were devoid of virtue disappeared."

                Tsze-kung asked about friendship. The Master said, "Faithfully admonish your

                friend, and skillfully lead him on. If you find him impracticable, stop. Do not

                disgrace yourself."

                The philosopher Tsang said, "The superior man on grounds of culture meets

                with his friends, and by friendship helps his virtue."
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                  Tsze-lu asked about government. The Master said, "Go before the people with

                  your example, and be laborious in their affairs."

                  He requested further instruction, and was answered, "Be not weary in these

                  things."

                  Chung-kung, being chief minister to the head of the Chi family, asked about

                  government. The Master said, "Employ first the services of your various officers,

                  pardon small faults, and raise to office men of virtue and talents."

                  Chung-kung said, "How shall I know the men of virtue and talent, so that I

                  may raise them to office?" He was answered, "Raise to office those whom you know.

                  As to those whom you do not know, will others neglect them?"

                  Tsze-lu said, "The ruler of Wei has been waiting for you, in order with you

                  to administer the government. What will you consider the first thing to be

                  done?"

                  The Master replied, "What is necessary is to rectify names."

                  "So! indeed!" said Tsze-lu. "You are wide of the mark! Why must there be

                  such rectification?"

                  The Master said, "How uncultivated you are, Yu! A superior man, in regard to

                  what he does not know, shows a cautious reserve.

                  "If names be not correct, language is not in accordance with the truth of

                  things. If language be not in accordance with the truth of things, affairs

                  cannot be carried on to success.

                  "When affairs cannot be carried on to success, proprieties and music do not

                  flourish. When proprieties and music do not flourish, punishments will not be

                  properly awarded. When punishments are not properly awarded, the people do not

                  know how to move hand or foot.

                  "Therefore a superior man considers it necessary that the names he uses may

                  be spoken appropriately, and also that what he speaks may be carried out

                  appropriately. What the superior man requires is just that in his words there

                  may be nothing incorrect."

                  Fan Ch'ih requested to be taught husbandry. The Master said, "I am not so

                  good for that as an old husbandman." He requested also to be taught gardening,

                  and was answered, "I am not so good for that as an old gardener."

                  Fan Ch'ih having gone out, the Master said, "A small man, indeed, is Fan Hsu!

                  If a superior man love propriety, the people will not dare not to be reverent.

                  If he love righteousness, the people will not dare not to submit to his example.

                  If he love good faith, the people will not dare not to be sincere. Now, when

                  these things obtain, the people from all quarters will come to him, bearing

                  their children on their backs; what need has he of a knowledge of husbandry?"

                  The Master said, "Though a man may be able to recite the three hundred odes,

                  yet if, when intrusted with a governmental charge, he knows not how to act, or

                  if, when sent to any quarter on a mission, he cannot give his replies unassisted,

                  notwithstanding the extent of his learning, of what practical use is it?"

                  The Master said, "When a prince's personal conduct is correct, his

                  government is effective without the issuing of orders. If his personal conduct

                  is not correct, he may issue orders, but they will not be followed."

                  The Master said, "The governments of Lu and Wei are brothers."

                  The Master said of Ching, a scion of the ducal family of Wei, that he knew

                  the economy of a family well. When he began to have means, he said, "Ha! here is

                  a collection-!" When they were a little increased, he said, "Ha! this is

                  complete!" When he had become rich, he said, "Ha! this is admirable!"

                  When the Master went to Weil Zan Yu acted as driver of his carriage.

                  The Master observed, "How numerous are the people!"

                  Yu said, "Since they are thus numerous, what more shall be done for them?"

                  "Enrich them, was the reply.

                  "And when they have been enriched, what more shall be done?" The Master said,

                  "Teach them."

                  The Master said, "If there were any of the princes who would employ me, in

                  the course of twelve months, I should have done something considerable. In three

                  years, the government would be perfected."

                  The Master said, "'If good men were to govern a country in succession for a

                  hundred years, they would be able to transform the violently bad, and dispense

                  with capital punishments.' True indeed is this saying!"

                  The Master said, "If a truly royal ruler were to arise, it would stir

                  require a generation, and then virtue would prevail."

                  The Master said, "If a minister make his own conduct correct, what

                  difficulty will he have in assisting in government? If he cannot rectify himself,

                  what has he to do with rectifying others?"

                  The disciple Zan returning from the court, the Master said to him, "How are

                  you so late?" He replied, "We had government business." The Master said, "It

                  must have been family affairs. If there had been government business, though I

                  am not now in office, I should have been consulted about it."

                  The Duke Ting asked whether there was a single sentence which could make a

                  country prosperous. Confucius replied, "Such an effect cannot be expected from

                  one sentence.

                  "There is a saying, however, which people have -'To be a prince is difficult;

                  to be a minister is not easy.'

                  "If a ruler knows this,-the difficulty of being a prince,-may there not be

                  expected from this one sentence the prosperity of his country?"

                  The duke then said, "Is there a single sentence which can ruin a country?"

                  Confucius replied, "Such an effect as that cannot be expected from one sentence.

                  There is, however, the saying which people have-'I have no pleasure in being a

                  prince, but only in that no one can offer any opposition to what I say!'

                  "If a ruler's words be good, is it not also good that no one oppose them?

                  But if they are not good, and no one opposes them, may there not be expected

                  from this one sentence the ruin of his country?"

                  The Duke of Sheh asked about government.

                  The Master said, "Good government obtains when those who are near are made

                  happy, and those who are far off are attracted."

                  Tsze-hsia! being governor of Chu-fu, asked about government. The Master said,

                  "Do not be desirous to have things done quickly; do not look at small advantages.

                  Desire to have things done quickly prevents their being done thoroughly. Looking

                  at small advantages prevents great affairs from being accomplished."

                  The Duke of Sheh informed Confucius, saying, "Among us here there are those

                  who may be styled upright in their conduct. If their father have stolen a sheep,

                  they will bear witness to the fact."

                  Confucius said, "Among us, in our part of the country, those who are upright

                  are different from this. The father conceals the misconduct of the son, and the

                  son conceals the misconduct of the father. Uprightness is to be found in this."

                  Fan Ch'ih asked about perfect virtue. The Master said, "It is, in retirement,

                  to be sedately grave; in the management of business, to be reverently attentive;

                  in intercourse with others, to be strictly sincere. Though a man go among rude,

                  uncultivated tribes, these qualities may not be neglected."

                  Tsze-kung asked, saying, "What qualities must a man possess to entitle him

                  to be called an officer? The Master said, "He who in his conduct of himself

                  maintains a sense of shame, and when sent to any quarter will not disgrace his

                  prince's commission, deserves to be called an officer."

                  Tsze-kung pursued, "I venture to ask who may be placed in the next lower

                  rank?" And he was told, "He whom the circle of his relatives pronounce to be

                  filial, whom his fellow villagers and neighbors pronounce to be fraternal."

                  Again the disciple asked, "I venture to ask about the class still next in

                  order." The Master said, "They are determined to be sincere in what they say,

                  and to carry out what they do. They are obstinate little men. Yet perhaps they

                  may make the next class."

                  Tsze-kung finally inquired, "Of what sort are those of the present day, who

                  engage in government?" The Master said "Pooh! they are so many pecks and hampers,

                  not worth being taken into account."

                  The Master said, "Since I cannot get men pursuing the due medium, to whom I

                  might communicate my instructions, I must find the ardent and the cautiously-

                  decided. The ardent will advance and lay hold of truth; the cautiously-decided

                  will keep themselves from what is wrong."

                  The Master said, "The people of the south have a saying -'A man without

                  constancy cannot be either a wizard or a doctor.' Good!

                  "Inconstant in his virtue, he will be visited with disgrace."

                  The Master said, "This arises simply from not attending to the

                  prognostication."

                  The Master said, "The superior man is affable, but not adulatory; the mean

                  man is adulatory, but not affable."

                  Tsze-kung asked, saying, "What do you say of a man who is loved by all the

                  people of his neighborhood?" The Master replied, "We may not for that accord our

                  approval of him." "And what do you say of him who is hated by all the people of

                  his neighborhood?" The Master said, "We may not for that conclude that he is bad.

                  It is better than either of these cases that the good in the neighborhood love

                  him, and the bad hate him."

                  The Master said, "The superior man is easy to serve and difficult to please.

                  If you try to please him in any way which is not accordant with right, he will

                  not be pleased. But in his employment of men, he uses them according to their

                  capacity. The mean man is difficult to serve, and easy to please. If you try to

                  please him, though it be in a way which is not accordant with right, he may be

                  pleased. But in his employment of men, he wishes them to be equal to

                  everything."

                  The Master said, "The superior man has a dignified ease without pride. The

                  mean man has pride without a dignified ease."

                  The Master said, "The firm, the enduring, the simple, and the modest are

                  near to virtue."

                  Tsze-lu asked, saying, "What qualities must a man possess to entitle him to

                  be called a scholar?" The Master said, "He must be thus,-earnest, urgent, and

                  bland:-among his friends, earnest and urgent; among his brethren, bland."

                  The Master said, "Let a good man teach the people seven years, and they may

                  then likewise be employed in war."

                  The Master said, "To lead an uninstructed people to war, is to throw them

                  away."
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                    Hsien asked what was shameful. The Master said, "When good government

                    prevails in a state, to be thinking only of salary; and, when bad government

                    prevails, to be thinking, in the same way, only of salary;-this is shameful."

                    "When the love of superiority, boasting, resentments, and covetousness are

                    repressed, this may be deemed perfect virtue."

                    The Master said, "This may be regarded as the achievement of what is

                    difficult. But I do not know that it is to be deemed perfect virtue."

                    The Master said, "The scholar who cherishes the love of comfort is not fit

                    to be deemed a scholar."

                    The Master said, "When good government prevails in a state, language may be

                    lofty and bold, and actions the same. When bad government prevails, the actions

                    may be lofty and bold, but the language may be with some reserve."

                    The Master said, "The virtuous will be sure to speak correctly, but those

                    whose speech is good may not always be virtuous. Men of principle are sure to be

                    bold, but those who are bold may not always be men of principle."

                    Nan-kung Kwo, submitting an inquiry to Confucius, said, "I was skillful at

                    archery, and Ao could move a boat along upon the land, but neither of them died

                    a natural death. Yu and Chi personally wrought at the toils of husbandry, and

                    they became possessors of the kingdom." The Master made no reply; but when Nan-

                    kung Kwo went out, he said, "A superior man indeed is this! An esteemer of

                    virtue indeed is this!"

                    The Master said, "Superior men, and yet not always virtuous, there have been,

                    alas! But there never has been a mean man, and, at the same time, virtuous."

                    The Master said, "Can there be love which does not lead to strictness with

                    its object? Can there be loyalty which does not lead to the instruction of its

                    object?"

                    The Master said, "In preparing the governmental notifications, P'i Shan

                    first made the rough draft; Shi-shu examined and discussed its contents; Tsze-yu,

                    the manager of foreign intercourse, then polished the style; and, finally, Tsze-

                    ch'an of Tung-li gave it the proper elegance and finish."

                    Some one asked about Tsze-ch'an. The Master said, "He was a kind man."

                    He asked about Tsze-hsi. The Master said, "That man! That man!"

                    He asked about Kwan Chung. "For him," said the Master, "the city of Pien,

                    with three hundred families, was taken from the chief of the Po family, who did

                    not utter a murmuring word, though, to the end of his life, he had only coarse

                    rice to eat."

                    The Master said, "To be poor without murmuring is difficult. To be rich

                    without being proud is easy."

                    The Master said, "Mang Kung-ch'o is more than fit to be chief officer in the

                    families of Chao and Wei, but he is not fit to be great officer to either of the

                    states Tang or Hsieh."

                    Tsze-lu asked what constituted a COMPLETE man. The Master said, "Suppose a

                    man with the knowledge of Tsang Wu-chung, the freedom from covetousness of Kung-

                    ch'o, the bravery of Chwang of Pien, and the varied talents of Zan Ch'iu; add to

                    these the accomplishments of the rules of propriety and music;-such a one might

                    be reckoned a COMPLETE man."

                    He then added, "But what is the necessity for a complete man of the present

                    day to have all these things? The man, who in the view of gain, thinks of

                    righteousness; who in the view of danger is prepared to give up his life; and

                    who does not forget an old agreement however far back it extends:-such a man may

                    be reckoned a COMPLETE man."

                    The Master asked Kung-ming Chia about Kung-shu Wan, saying, "Is it true that

                    your master speaks not, laughs not, and takes not?"

                    Kung-ming Chia replied, "This has arisen from the reporters going beyond the

                    truth.-My master speaks when it is the time to speak, and so men do not get

                    tired of his speaking. He laughs when there is occasion to be joyful, and so men

                    do not get tired of his laughing. He takes when it is consistent with

                    righteousness to do so, and so men do not get tired of his taking." The Master

                    said, "So! But is it so with him?"

                    The Master said, "Tsang Wu-chung, keeping possession of Fang, asked of the

                    duke of Lu to appoint a successor to him in his family. Although it may be said

                    that he was not using force with his sovereign, I believe he was."

                    The Master said, "The duke Wan of Tsin was crafty and not upright. The duke

                    Hwan of Ch'i was upright and not crafty."

                    Tsze-lu said, "The Duke Hwan caused his brother Chiu to be killed, when Shao

                    Hu died, with his master, but Kwan Chung did not die. May not I say that he was

                    wanting in virtue?"

                    The Master said, "The Duke Hwan assembled all the princes together, and that

                    not with weapons of war and chariots:-it was all through the influence of Kwan

                    Chung. Whose beneficence was like his? Whose beneficence was like his?"

                    Tsze-kung said, "Kwan Chung, I apprehend was wanting in virtue. When the

                    Duke Hwan caused his brother Chiu to be killed, Kwan Chung was not able to die

                    with him. Moreover, he became prime minister to Hwan."

                    The Master said, "Kwan Chung acted as prime minister to the Duke Hwan made

                    him leader of all the princes, and united and rectified the whole kingdom. Down

                    to the present day, the people enjoy the gifts which he conferred. But for Kwan

                    Chung, we should now be wearing our hair unbound, and the lappets of our coats

                    buttoning on the left side.

                    "Will you require from him the small fidelity of common men and common women,

                    who would commit suicide in a stream or ditch, no one knowing anything about

                    them?"

                    The great officer, Hsien, who had been family minister to Kung-shu Wan,

                    ascended to the prince's court in company with Wan.

                    The Master, having heard of it, said, "He deserved to be considered WAN (the

                    accomplished)."

                    The Master was speaking about the unprincipled course of the duke Ling of

                    Weil when Ch'i K'ang said, "Since he is of such a character, how is it he does

                    not lose his state?"

                    Confucius said, "The Chung-shu Yu has the superintendence of his guests and

                    of strangers; the litanist, T'o, has the management of his ancestral temple; and

                    Wang-sun Chia has the direction of the army and forces:-with such officers as

                    these, how should he lose his state?"

                    The Master said, "He who speaks without modesty will find it difficult to

                    make his words good."

                    Chan Ch'ang murdered the Duke Chien of Ch'i.

                    Confucius bathed, went to court and informed the Duke Ai, saying, "Chan Hang

                    has slain his sovereign. I beg that you will undertake to punish him."

                    The duke said, "Inform the chiefs of the three families of it."

                    Confucius retired, and said, "Following in the rear of the great officers, I

                    did not dare not to represent such a matter, and my prince says, "Inform the

                    chiefs of the three families of it."

                    He went to the chiefs, and informed them, but they would not act. Confucius

                    then said, "Following in the rear of the great officers, I did not dare not to

                    represent such a matter."

                    Tsze-lu asked how a ruler should be served. The Master said, "Do not impose

                    on him, and, moreover, withstand him to his face."

                    The Master said, "The progress of the superior man is upwards; the progress

                    of the mean man is downwards."

                    The Master said, "In ancient times, men learned with a view to their own

                    improvement. Nowadays, men learn with a view to the approbation of others."

                    Chu Po-yu sent a messenger with friendly inquiries to Confucius.

                    Confucius sat with him, and questioned him. "What," said he! "is your master

                    engaged in?" The messenger replied, "My master is anxious to make his faults few,

                    but he has not yet succeeded." He then went out, and the Master said, "A

                    messenger indeed! A messenger indeed!"

                    The Master said, "He who is not in any particular office has nothing to do

                    with plans for the administration of its duties."

                    The philosopher Tsang said, "The superior man, in his thoughts, does not go

                    out of his place."

                    The Master said, "The superior man is modest in his speech, but exceeds in

                    his actions."

                    The Master said, "The way of the superior man is threefold, but I am not

                    equal to it. Virtuous, he is free from anxieties; wise, he is free from

                    perplexities; bold, he is free from fear.

                    Tsze-kung said, "Master, that is what you yourself say."

                    Tsze-kung was in the habit of comparing men together. The Master said, "Tsze

                    must have reached a high pitch of excellence! Now, I have not leisure for this."

                    The Master said, "I will not be concerned at men's not knowing me; I will be

                    concerned at my own want of ability."

                    The Master said, "He who does not anticipate attempts to deceive him, nor

                    think beforehand of his not being believed, and yet apprehends these things

                    readily when they occur;-is he not a man of superior worth?"

                    Wei-shang Mau said to Confucius, "Ch'iu, how is it that you keep roosting

                    about? Is it not that you are an insinuating talker?

                    Confucius said, "I do not dare to play the part of such a talker, but I hate

                    obstinacy."

                    The Master said, "A horse is called a ch'i, not because of its strength, but

                    because of its other good qualities."

                    Some one said, "What do you say concerning the principle that injury should

                    be recompensed with kindness?"

                    The Master said, "With what then will you recompense kindness?"

                    "Recompense injury with justice, and recompense kindness with kindness."

                    The Master said, "Alas! there is no one that knows me."

                    Tsze-kung said, "What do you mean by thus saying-that no one knows you?" The

                    Master replied, "I do not murmur against Heaven. I do not grumble against men.

                    My studies lie low, and my penetration rises high. But there is Heaven;-that

                    knows me!"

                    The Kung-po Liao, having slandered Tsze-lu to Chi-sun, Tsze-fu Ching-po

                    informed Confucius of it, saying, "Our master is certainly being led astray by

                    the Kung-po Liao, but I have still power enough left to cut Liao off, and expose

                    his corpse in the market and in the court."

                    The Master said, "If my principles are to advance, it is so ordered. If they

                    are to fall to the ground, it is so ordered. What can the Kung-po Liao do where

                    such ordering is concerned?"

                    The Master said, "Some men of worth retire from the world. Some retire from

                    particular states. Some retire because of disrespectful looks. Some retire

                    because of contradictory language."

                    The Master said, "Those who have done this are seven men."

                    Tsze-lu happening to pass the night in Shih-man, the gatekeeper said to him,

                    "Whom do you come from?" Tsze-lu said, "From Mr. K'ung." "It is he,-is it not?"-

                    said the other, "who knows the impracticable nature of the times and yet will be

                    doing in them."

                    The Master was playing, one day, on a musical stone in Weil when a man

                    carrying a straw basket passed door of the house where Confucius was, and said,

                    "His heart is full who so beats the musical stone."

                    A little while after, he added, "How contemptible is the one-ideaed

                    obstinacy those sounds display! When one is taken no notice of, he has simply at

                    once to give over his wish for public employment. 'Deep water must be crossed

                    with the clothes on; shallow water may be crossed with the clothes held up.'"

                    The Master said, "How determined is he in his purpose! But this is not

                    difficult!"

                    Tsze-chang said, "What is meant when the Shu says that Kao-tsung, while

                    observing the usual imperial mourning, was for three years without speaking?"

                    The Master said, "Why must Kao-tsung be referred to as an example of this?

                    The ancients all did so. When the sovereign died, the officers all attended to

                    their several duties, taking instructions from the prime minister for three

                    years."

                    The Master said, "When rulers love to observe the rules of propriety, the

                    people respond readily to the calls on them for service."

                    Tsze-lu asked what constituted the superior man. The Master said, "The

                    cultivation of himself in reverential carefulness." "And is this all?" said

                    Tsze-lu. "He cultivates himself so as to give rest to others," was the reply.

                    "And is this all?" again asked Tsze-lu. The Master said, "He cultivates himself

                    so as to give rest to all the people. He cultivates himself so as to give rest

                    to all the people:-even Yao and Shun were still solicitous about this."

                    Yuan Zang was squatting on his heels, and so waited the approach of the

                    Master, who said to him, "In youth not humble as befits a junior; in manhood,

                    doing nothing worthy of being handed down; and living on to old age:-this is to

                    be a pest." With this he hit him on the shank with his staff.

                    A youth of the village of Ch'ueh was employed by Confucius to carry the

                    messages between him and his visitors. Some one asked about him, saying, "I

                    suppose he has made great progress."

                    The Master said, "I observe that he is fond of occupying the seat of a full-

                    grown man; I observe that he walks shoulder to shoulder with his elders. He is

                    not one who is seeking to make progress in learning. He wishes quickly to become

                    a man."
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                      The Duke Ling of Wei asked Confucius about tactics. Confucius replied, "I

                      have heard all about sacrificial vessels, but I have not learned military

                      matters." On this, he took his departure the next day.

                      When he was in Chan, their provisions were exhausted, and his followers

                      became so in that they were unable to rise.

                      Tsze-lu, with evident dissatisfaction, said, "Has the superior man likewise

                      to endure in this way?" The Master said, "The superior man may indeed have to

                      endure want, but the mean man, when he is in want, gives way to unbridled

                      license."

                      The Master said, "Ts'ze, you think, I suppose, that I am one who learns many

                      things and keeps them in memory?"

                      Tsze-kung replied, "Yes,-but perhaps it is not so?"

                      "No," was the answer; "I seek a unity all pervading."

                      The Master said, "Yu I those who know virtue are few."

                      The Master said, "May not Shun be instanced as having governed efficiently

                      without exertion? What did he do? He did nothing but gravely and reverently

                      occupy his royal seat."

                      Tsze-chang asked how a man should conduct himself, so as to be everywhere

                      appreciated.

                      The Master said, "Let his words be sincere and truthful and his actions

                      honorable and careful;-such conduct may be practiced among the rude tribes of

                      the South or the North. If his words be not sincere and truthful and his actions

                      not honorable and carefull will he, with such conduct, be appreciated, even in

                      his neighborhood?

                      "When he is standing, let him see those two things, as it were, fronting him.

                      When he is in a carriage, let him see them attached to the yoke. Then may he

                      subsequently carry them into practice."

                      Tsze-chang wrote these counsels on the end of his sash.

                      The Master said, "Truly straightforward was the historiographer Yu. When

                      good government prevailed in his state, he was like an arrow. When bad

                      government prevailed, he was like an arrow. A superior man indeed is Chu Po-yu!

                      When good government prevails in his state, he is to be found in office. When

                      bad government prevails, he can roll his principles up, and keep them in his

                      breast."

                      The Master said, "When a man may be spoken with, not to speak to him is to

                      err in reference to the man. When a man may not be spoken with, to speak to him

                      is to err in reference to our words. The wise err neither in regard to their man

                      nor to their words."

                      The Master said, "The determined scholar and the man of virtue will not seek

                      to live at the expense of injuring their virtue. They will even sacrifice their

                      lives to preserve their virtue complete."

                      Tsze-kung asked about the practice of virtue. The Master said, "The mechanic,

                      who wishes to do his work well, must first sharpen his tools. When you are

                      living in any state, take service with the most worthy among its great officers,

                      and make friends of the most virtuous among its scholars."

                      Yen Yuan asked how the government of a country should be administered.

                      The Master said, "Follow the seasons of Hsia.

                      "Ride in the state carriage of Yin.

                      "Wear the ceremonial cap of Chau.

                      "Let the music be the Shao with its pantomimes. Banish the songs of Chang,

                      and keep far from specious talkers. The songs of Chang are licentious; specious

                      talkers are dangerous."

                      The Master said, "If a man take no thought about what is distant, he will

                      find sorrow near at hand."

                      The Master said, "It is all over! I have not seen one who loves virtue as he

                      loves beauty."

                      The Master said, "Was not Tsang Wan like one who had stolen his situation?

                      He knew the virtue and the talents of Hui of Liu-hsia, and yet did not procure

                      that he should stand with him in court."

                      The Master said, "He who requires much from himself and little from others,

                      will keep himself from being the object of resentment."

                      The Master said, "When a man is not in the habit of saying-'What shall I

                      think of this? What shall I think of this?' I can indeed do nothing with him!"

                      The Master said, "When a number of people are together, for a whole day,

                      without their conversation turning on righteousness, and when they are fond of

                      carrying out the suggestions of a small shrewdness;-theirs is indeed a hard

                      case."

                      The Master said, "The superior man in everything considers righteousness to

                      be essential. He performs it according to the rules of propriety. He brings it

                      forth in humility. He completes it with sincerity. This is indeed a superior

                      man."

                      The Master said, "The superior man is distressed by his want of ability. He

                      is not distressed by men's not knowing him."

                      The Master said, "The superior man dislikes the thought of his name not

                      being mentioned after his death."

                      The Master said, "What the superior man seeks, is in himself. What the mean

                      man seeks, is in others."

                      The Master said, "The superior man is dignified, but does not wrangle. He is

                      sociable, but not a partisan."

                      The Master said, "The superior man does not promote a man simply on account

                      of his words, nor does he put aside good words because of the man."

                      Tsze-kung asked, saying, "Is there one word which may serve as a rule of

                      practice for all one's life?" The Master said, "Is not RECIPROCITY such a word?

                      What you do not want done to yourself, do not do to others."

                      The Master said, "In my dealings with men, whose evil do I blame, whose

                      goodness do I praise, beyond what is proper? If I do sometimes exceed in praise,

                      there must be ground for it in my examination of the individual.

                      "This people supplied the ground why the three dynasties pursued the path of

                      straightforwardness."

                      The Master said, "Even in my early days, a historiographer would leave a

                      blank in his text, and he who had a horse would lend him to another to ride. Now,

                      alas! there are no such things."

                      The Master said, "Specious words confound virtue. Want of forbearance in

                      small matters confounds great plans."

                      The Master said, "When the multitude hate a man, it is necessary to examine

                      into the case. When the multitude like a man, it is necessary to examine into

                      the case."

                      The Master said, "A man can enlarge the principles which he follows; those

                      principles do not enlarge the man."

                      The Master said, "To have faults and not to reform them,-this, indeed,

                      should be pronounced having faults."

                      The Master said, "I have been the whole day without eating, and the whole

                      night without sleeping:-occupied with thinking. It was of no use. better plan is

                      to learn."

                      The Master said, "The object of the superior man is truth. Food is not his

                      object. There is plowing;-even in that there is sometimes want. So with

                      learning;-emolument may be found in it. The superior man is anxious lest he

                      should not get truth; he is not anxious lest poverty should come upon him."

                      The Master said, "When a man's knowledge is sufficient to attain, and his

                      virtue is not sufficient to enable him to hold, whatever he may have gained, he

                      will lose again.

                      "When his knowledge is sufficient to attain, and he has virtue enough to

                      hold fast, if he cannot govern with dignity, the people will not respect him.

                      "When his knowledge is sufficient to attain, and he has virtue enough to

                      hold fast; when he governs also with dignity, yet if he try to move the people

                      contrary to the rules of propriety:-full excellence is not reached."

                      The Master said, "The superior man cannot be known in little matters; but he

                      may be intrusted with great concerns. The small man may not be intrusted with

                      great concerns, but he may be known in little matters."

                      The Master said, "Virtue is more to man than either water or fire. I have

                      seen men die from treading on water and fire, but I have never seen a man die

                      from treading the course of virtue."

                      The Master said, "Let every man consider virtue as what devolves on himself.

                      He may not yield the performance of it even to his teacher."

                      The Master said, "The superior man is correctly firm, and not firm merely."

                      The Master said, "A minister, in serving his prince, reverently discharges

                      his duties, and makes his emolument a secondary consideration."

                      The Master said, "In teaching there should be no distinction of classes."

                      The Master said, "Those whose courses are different cannot lay plans for one

                      another."

                      The Master said, "In language it is simply required that it convey the

                      meaning."

                      The music master, Mien, having called upon him, when they came to the steps,

                      the Master said, "Here are the steps." When they came to the mat for the guest

                      to sit upon, he said, "Here is the mat." When all were seated, the Master

                      informed him, saying, "So and so is here; so and so is here."

                      The music master, Mien, having gone out, Tsze-chang asked, saying. "Is it

                      the rule to tell those things to the music master?"

                      The Master said, "Yes. This is certainly the rule for those who lead the

                      blind."
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                        The head of the Chi family was going to attack Chwan-yu.

                        Zan Yu and Chi-lu had an interview with Confucius, and said, "Our chief,

                        Chil is going to commence operations against Chwan-yu."

                        Confucius said, "Ch'iu, is it not you who are in fault here?

                        "Now, in regard to Chwan-yu, long ago, a former king appointed its ruler to

                        preside over the sacrifices to the eastern Mang; moreover, it is in the midst of

                        the territory of our state; and its ruler is a minister in direct connection

                        with the sovereign: What has your chief to do with attacking it?"

                        Zan Yu said, "Our master wishes the thing; neither of us two ministers

                        wishes it."

                        Confucius said, "Ch'iu, there are the words of Chau Zan, -'When he can put

                        forth his ability, he takes his place in the ranks of office; when he finds

                        himself unable to do so, he retires from it. How can he be used as a guide to a

                        blind man, who does not support him when tottering, nor raise him up when

                        fallen?'

                        "And further, you speak wrongly. When a tiger or rhinoceros escapes from his

                        cage; when a tortoise or piece of jade is injured in its repository:-whose is

                        the fault?"

                        Zan Yu said, "But at present, Chwan-yu is strong and near to Pi; if our

                        chief do not now take it, it will hereafter be a sorrow to his descendants."

                        Confucius said. "Ch'iu, the superior man hates those declining to say-'I

                        want such and such a thing,' and framing explanations for their conduct.

                        "I have heard that rulers of states and chiefs of families are not troubled

                        lest their people should be few, but are troubled lest they should not keep

                        their several places; that they are not troubled with fears of poverty, but are

                        troubled with fears of a want of contented repose among the people in their

                        several places. For when the people keep their several places, there will be no

                        poverty; when harmony prevails, there will be no scarcity of people; and when

                        there is such a contented repose, there will be no rebellious upsettings.

                        "So it is.-Therefore, if remoter people are not submissive, all the

                        influences of civil culture and virtue are to be cultivated to attract them to

                        be so; and when they have been so attracted, they must be made contented and

                        tranquil.

                        "Now, here are you, Yu and Ch'iu, assisting your chief. Remoter people are

                        not submissive, and, with your help, he cannot attract them to him. In his own

                        territory there are divisions and downfalls, leavings and separations, and, with

                        your help, he cannot preserve it.

                        "And yet he is planning these hostile movements within the state.-I am

                        afraid that the sorrow of the Chi-sun family will not be on account of Chwan-yu,

                        but will be found within the screen of their own court."

                        Confucius said, "When good government prevails in the empire, ceremonies,

                        music, and punitive military expeditions proceed from the son of Heaven. When

                        bad government prevails in the empire, ceremonies, music, and punitive military

                        expeditions proceed from the princes. When these things proceed from the princes,

                        as a rule, the cases will be few in which they do not lose their power in ten

                        generations. When they proceed from the great officers of the princes, as a rule,

                        the case will be few in which they do not lose their power in five generations.

                        When the subsidiary ministers of the great officers hold in their grasp the

                        orders of the state, as a rule the cases will be few in which they do not lose

                        their power in three generations.

                        "When right principles prevail in the kingdom, government will not be in the

                        hands of the great officers.

                        "When right principles prevail in the kingdom, there will be no discussions

                        among the common people."

                        Confucius said, "The revenue of the state has left the ducal house now for

                        five generations. The government has been in the hands of the great officers for

                        four generations. On this account, the descendants of the three Hwan are much

                        reduced."

                        Confucius said, "There are three friendships which are advantageous, and

                        three which are injurious. Friendship with the uplight; friendship with the

                        sincere; and friendship with the man of much observation:-these are advantageous.

                        Friendship with the man of specious airs; friendship with the insinuatingly soft;

                        and friendship with the glib-tongued:-these are injurious."

                        Confucius said, "There are three things men find enjoyment in which are

                        advantageous, and three things they find enjoyment in which are injurious. To

                        find enjoyment in the discriminating study of ceremonies and music; to find

                        enjoyment in speaking of the goodness of others; to find enjoyment in having

                        many worthy friends:-these are advantageous. To find enjoyment in extravagant

                        pleasures; to find enjoyment in idleness and sauntering; to find enjoyment in

                        the pleasures of feasting:-these are injurious."

                        Confucius said, "There are three errors to which they who stand in the

                        presence of a man of virtue and station are liable. They may speak when it does

                        not come to them to speak;-this is called rashness. They may not speak when it

                        comes to them to speak;-this is called concealment. They may speak without

                        looking at the countenance of their superior;-this is called blindness."

                        Confucius said, "There are three things which the superior man guards

                        against. In youth, when the physical powers are not yet settled, he guards

                        against lust. When he is strong and the physical powers are full of vigor, he

                        guards against quarrelsomeness. When he is old, and the animal powers are

                        decayed, he guards against covetousness."

                        Confucius said, "There are three things of which the superior man stands in

                        awe. He stands in awe of the ordinances of Heaven. He stands in awe of great men.

                        He stands in awe of the words of sages.

                        "The mean man does not know the ordinances of Heaven, and consequently does

                        not stand in awe of them. He is disrespectful to great men. He makes sport of

                        the words of sages."

                        Confucius said, "Those who are born with the possession of knowledge are the

                        highest class of men. Those who learn, and so readily get possession of

                        knowledge, are the next. Those who are dull and stupid, and yet compass the

                        learning, are another class next to these. As to those who are dull and stupid

                        and yet do not learn;-they are the lowest of the people."

                        Confucius said, "The superior man has nine things which are subjects with

                        him of thoughtful consideration. In regard to the use of his eyes, he is anxious

                        to see clearly. In regard to the use of his ears, he is anxious to hear

                        distinctly. In regard to his countenance, he is anxious that it should be benign.

                        In regard to his demeanor, he is anxious that it should be respectful. In regard

                        to his speech, he is anxious that it should be sincere. In regard to his doing

                        of business, he is anxious that it should be reverently careful. In regard to

                        what he doubts about, he is anxious to question others. When he is angry, he

                        thinks of the difficulties his anger may involve him in. When he sees gain to be

                        got, he thinks of righteousness."

                        Confucius said, "Contemplating good, and pursuing it, as if they could not

                        reach it; contemplating evil! and shrinking from it, as they would from

                        thrusting the hand into boiling water:-I have seen such men, as I have heard

                        such words.

                        "Living in retirement to study their aims, and practicing righteousness to

                        carry out their principles:-I have heard these words, but I have not seen such

                        men."

                        The Duke Ching of Ch'i had a thousand teams, each of four horses, but on the

                        day of his death, the people did not praise him for a single virtue. Po-i and

                        Shu-ch'i died of hunger at the foot of the Shau-yang mountains, and the people,

                        down to the present time, praise them.

                        "Is not that saying illustrated by this?"

                        Ch'an K'ang asked Po-yu, saying, "Have you heard any lessons from your

                        father different from what we have all heard?"

                        Po-yu replied, "No. He was standing alone once, when I passed below the hall

                        with hasty steps, and said to me, 'Have you learned the Odes?' On my replying

                        'Not yet,' he added, If you do not learn the Odes, you will not be fit to

                        converse with.' I retired and studied the Odes.

                        "Another day, he was in the same way standing alone, when I passed by below

                        the hall with hasty steps, and said to me, 'Have you learned the rules of

                        Propriety?' On my replying 'Not yet,' he added, 'If you do not learn the rules

                        of Propriety, your character cannot be established.' I then retired, and learned

                        the rules of Propriety.

                        "I have heard only these two things from him."

                        Ch'ang K'ang retired, and, quite delighted, said, "I asked one thing, and I

                        have got three things. I have heard about the Odes. I have heard about the rules

                        of Propriety. I have also heard that the superior man maintains a distant

                        reserve towards his son."

                        The wife of the prince of a state is called by him Fu Zan. She calls herself

                        Hsiao T'ung. The people of the state call her Chun Fu Zan, and, to the people of

                        other states, they call her K'wa Hsiao Chun. The people of other states also

                        call her Chun Fu Zan.
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                          Yang Ho wished to see Confucius, but Confucius would not go to see him. On

                          this, he sent a present of a pig to Confucius, who, having chosen a time when Ho

                          was not at home went to pay his respects for the gift. He met him, however, on

                          the way.

                          Ho said to Confucius, "Come, let me speak with you." He then asked, "Can he

                          be called benevolent who keeps his jewel in his bosom, and leaves his country to

                          confusion?" Confucius replied, "No." "Can he be called wise, who is anxious to

                          be engaged in public employment, and yet is constantly losing the opportunity of

                          being so?" Confucius again said, "No." "The days and months are passing away;

                          the years do not wait for us." Confucius said, "Right; I will go into office."

                          The Master said, "By nature, men are nearly alike; by practice, they get to

                          be wide apart."

                          The Master said, "There are only the wise of the highest class, and the

                          stupid of the lowest class, who cannot be changed."

                          The Master, having come to Wu-ch'ang, heard there the sound of stringed

                          instruments and singing.

                          Well pleased and smiling, he said, "Why use an ox knife to kill a fowl?"

                          Tsze-yu replied, "Formerly, Master, I heard you say,-'When the man of high

                          station is well instructed, he loves men; when the man of low station is well

                          instructed, he is easily ruled.'"

                          The Master said, "My disciples, Yen's words are right. What I said was only

                          in sport."

                          Kung-shan Fu-zao, when he was holding Pi, and in an attitude of rebellion,

                          invited the Master to visit him, who was rather inclined to go.

                          Tsze-lu was displeased. and said, "Indeed, you cannot go! Why must you think

                          of going to see Kung-shan?"

                          The Master said, "Can it be without some reason that he has invited ME? If

                          any one employ me, may I not make an eastern Chau?"

                          Tsze-chang asked Confucius about perfect virtue. Confucius said, "To be able

                          to practice five things everywhere under heaven constitutes perfect virtue." He

                          begged to ask what they were, and was told, "Gravity, generosity of soul,

                          sincerity, earnestness, and kindness. If you are grave, you will not be treated

                          with disrespect. If you are generous, you will win all. If you are sincere,

                          people will repose trust in you. If you are earnest, you will accomplish much.

                          If you are kind, this will enable you to employ the services of others.

                          Pi Hsi inviting him to visit him, the Master was inclined to go.

                          Tsze-lu said, "Master, formerly I have heard you say, 'When a man in his own

                          person is guilty of doing evil, a superior man will not associate with him.' Pi

                          Hsi is in rebellion, holding possession of Chung-mau; if you go to him, what

                          shall be said?"

                          The Master said, "Yes, I did use these words. But is it not said, that, if a

                          thing be really hard, it may be ground without being made thin? Is it not said,

                          that, if a thing be really white, it may be steeped in a dark fluid without

                          being made black?

                          "Am I a bitter gourd? How can I be hung up out of the way of being eaten?"

                          The Master said, "Yu, have you heard the six words to which are attached six

                          becloudings?" Yu replied, "I have not."

                          "Sit down, and I will tell them to you.

                          "There is the love of being benevolent without the love of learning;-the

                          beclouding here leads to a foolish simplicity. There is the love of knowing

                          without the love of learning;-the beclouding here leads to dissipation of mind.

                          There is the love of being sincere without the love of learning;-the beclouding

                          here leads to an injurious disregard of consequences. There is the love of

                          straightforwardness without the love of learning;-the beclouding here leads to

                          rudeness. There is the love of boldness without the love of learning;-the

                          beclouding here leads to insubordination. There is the love of firmness without

                          the love of learning;-the beclouding here leads to extravagant conduct."

                          The Master said, "My children, why do you not study the Book of Poetry?

                          "The Odes serve to stimulate the mind.

                          "They may be used for purposes of self-contemplation.

                          "They teach the art of sociability.

                          "They show how to regulate feelings of resentment.

                          "From them you learn the more immediate duty of serving one's father, and

                          the remoter one of serving one's prince.

                          "From them we become largely acquainted with the names of birds, beasts, and

                          plants."

                          The Master said to Po-yu, "Do you give yourself to the Chau-nan and the

                          Shao-nan. The man who has not studied the Chau-nan and the Shao-nan is like one

                          who stands with his face right against a wall. Is he not so?" The Master said,

                          "'It is according to the rules of propriety,' they say.-'It is according to the

                          rules of propriety,' they say. Are gems and silk all that is meant by propriety?

                          'It is music,' they say.-'It is music,' they say. Are hers and drums all that is

                          meant by music?"

                          The Master said, "He who puts on an appearance of stern firmness, while

                          inwardly he is weak, is like one of the small, mean people;-yea, is he not like

                          the thief who breaks through, or climbs over, a wall?"

                          The Master said, "Your good, careful people of the villages are the thieves

                          of virtue."

                          The Master said, To tell, as we go along, what we have heard on the way, is

                          to cast away our virtue."

                          The Master said, "There are those mean creatures! How impossible it is along

                          with them to serve one's prince!

                          "While they have not got their aims, their anxiety is how to get them. When

                          they have got them, their anxiety is lest they should lose them.

                          "When they are anxious lest such things should be lost, there is nothing to

                          which they will not proceed."

                          The Master said, "Anciently, men had three failings, which now perhaps are

                          not to be found.

                          "The high-mindedness of antiquity showed itself in a disregard of small

                          things; the high-mindedness of the present day shows itself in wild license. The

                          stern dignity of antiquity showed itself in grave reserve; the stern dignity of

                          the present day shows itself in quarrelsome perverseness. The stupidity of

                          antiquity showed itself in straightforwardness; the stupidity of the present day

                          shows itself in sheer deceit."

                          The Master said, "Fine words and an insinuating appearance are seldom

                          associated with virtue."

                          The Master said, "I hate the manner in which purple takes away the luster of

                          vermilion. I hate the way in which the songs of Chang confound the music of the

                          Ya. I hate those who with their sharp mouths overthrow kingdoms and families."

                          The Master said, "I would prefer not speaking."

                          Tsze-kung said, "If you, Master, do not speak, what shall we, your disciples,

                          have to record?"

                          The Master said, "Does Heaven speak? The four seasons pursue their courses,

                          and all things are continually being produced, but does Heaven say anything?"

                          Zu Pei wished to see Confucius, but Confucius declined, on the ground of

                          being sick, to see him. When the bearer of this message went out at the door,

                          the Master took his lute and sang to it, in order that Pei might hear him.

                          Tsai Wo asked about the three years' mourning for parents, saying that one

                          year was long enough.

                          "If the superior man," said he, "abstains for three years from the

                          observances of propriety, those observances will be quite lost. If for three

                          years he abstains from music, music will be ruined. Within a year the old grain

                          is exhausted, and the new grain has sprung up, and, in procuring fire by

                          friction, we go through all the changes of wood for that purpose. After a

                          complete year, the mourning may stop."

                          The Master said, "If you were, after a year, to eat good rice, and wear

                          embroidered clothes, would you feel at ease?" "I should," replied Wo.

                          The Master said, "If you can feel at ease, do it. But a superior man, during

                          the whole period of mourning, does not enjoy pleasant food which he may eat, nor

                          derive pleasure from music which he may hear. He also does not feel at ease, if

                          he is comfortably lodged. Therefore he does not do what you propose. But now you

                          feel at ease and may do it."

                          Tsai Wo then went out, and the Master said, "This shows Yu's want of virtue.

                          It is not till a child is three years old that it is allowed to leave the arms

                          of its parents. And the three years' mourning is universally observed throughout

                          the empire. Did Yu enjoy the three years' love of his parents?"

                          The Master said, "Hard is it to deal with who will stuff himself with food

                          the whole day, without applying his mind to anything good! Are there not

                          gamesters and chess players? To be one of these would still be better than doing

                          nothing at all."

                          Tsze-lu said, "Does the superior man esteem valor?" The Master said, "The

                          superior man holds righteousness to be of highest importance. A man in a

                          superior situation, having valor without righteousness, will be guilty of

                          insubordination; one of the lower people having valor without righteousness,

                          will commit robbery."

                          Tsze-kung said, "Has the superior man his hatreds also?" The Master said,

                          "He has his hatreds. He hates those who proclaim the evil of others. He hates

                          the man who, being in a low station, slanders his superiors. He hates those who

                          have valor merely, and are unobservant of propriety. He hates those who are

                          forward and determined, and, at the same time, of contracted understanding."

                          The Master then inquired, "Ts'ze, have you also your hatreds?" Tsze-kung

                          replied, "I hate those who pry out matters, and ascribe the knowledge to their

                          wisdom. I hate those who are only not modest, and think that they are valorous.

                          I hate those who make known secrets, and think that they are straightforward."

                          The Master said, "Of all people, girls and servants are the most difficult

                          to behave to. If you are familiar with them, they lose their humility. If you

                          maintain a reserve towards them, they are discontented."

                          The Master said, "When a man at forty is the object of dislike, he will

                          always continue what he is."
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