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

VI. 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.”

VII. Tsze-hea 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."

VIII. 1. The Master said, “ If the scholar be not grave, he will not call forth any veneration, and his learning will not be solid.

2. “ Hold faithfulness and sincerity as first principles. 3. “ Have no friends not equal to yourself.

4. “ When you have faults, do not fear to abandon them.”

IX. 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.”

X. 1. Tsze-k’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 ?

2. “ 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 ?

XI. 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.”

XII. 1. The philosopher Yew said, “In practising 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.

2. “ 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."

XIII. The philosopher Yew 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.”

XIV. 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.”

XV. 1. 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.”

2. 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.”

3. The Master said, “ With one like Tsze, I can begin to talk about the Odes. I told him one point, and he knew its proper sequence.”


CHAPTER I. 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."

II. The Master said, “In the Book of Poetry are three hundred pieces, but the design of them all may be embraced in one sentence— Have no depraved thoughts.”

III. 1. 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.

2. “ 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.”

IV. 1. The Master said, “ At fifteen, I had my mind bent on learning.

2. “At thirty, I stood firm.

3. “At forty, I had no doubts. · 4. “At fifty, I knew the decrees of heaven.

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

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6. “ At seventy, I could follow what my heart desired, without transgressing what was right.”

V. 1. Mang E asked what filial piety was. The Master said, “ It is not being disobedient."

2. Soon after, as Fan Ch'e was driving him, the Master told him, saying, “Mang-sun asked me what filial piety was, and I answered him,—not being disobedient.” 1

3. Fan Ch'e said, “What did you mean?” The Master replied, “That parents, when alive, should 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.”

VI. Mang Woo asked what filial piety was. The Master said, “ Parents are anxious lest their children should be sick.”

VII. Tsze-yew asked what filial piety was. The Master said, “ The filial piety of now-a-days 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 ?”

VIII. Tsze-hea 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 ?”

IX. The Master said, “I have talked with Hwuy for a whole day, and he has not made any objection to any thing 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. Hwuy !He is not stupid.”

X. 1. The Master said, “ See what a man does.
2.“ Mark his motives.
3. " Examine in what things he rests.

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4. “How can a man conceal his character!
5. “How can a man conceal his character!”

his old knowledge, so as continually to be acquiring new, he may be a teacher of others.”

XII. The Master said, “ The accomplished scholar is not an utensil.”

XIII. Tsze-kung asked what constituted the superior man. The Master said, “He acts before he speaks, and afterwards speaks according to his actions.”

XIV. The Master said, “ The superior man is catholic and no partizan. The mean man is a partizan and not catholic.”

XV. The Master said, “Learning without thought is labour lost; thought without learning is perilous.”

XVI. The Master said, “ The study of strange doctrines is injurious indeed !”

XVII. The Master said, “ Yew, 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.”

XVIII. 1. Tsze-chang was learning with a view to official emolument.

2. 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.”

XIX. The duke Gae asked, saying, “What should be done in order to secure the submission of the people ?” Confucius replied, “ Advance the upright and set aside

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