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3. ‘ 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
not say that your Master is a sage ?
How various is his ability! '
2. Tsze-kung said, ‘ Certainly Heaven has endowed him unlimit
edly. He is about a sage. And,
moreover, his ability is various.’
3. The Master heard of the conversation and said, ‘Does the high ofiicer know me? When I was young, my condition was low, and therefore I acquired my ability in many- things, but they were mean
matters. Must the superior man have such variety of ability?
does not need variety of ability.’ 4. Lao said,‘The Master said, I acquired many arts." '
CHAP. VII. The Master said, ‘Am I indeed possessed of know
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.’ CHAP. VIII.
the river sends forth no map :--it
The Master said, ‘The FANG bird does not come;
is all over with me i '
GHAP. IX. 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.
CHAP. X. I. Yen Yuan, in admiration of the M aster'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.
2. ‘ The Master, by orderly method, skilfully leads men on. He enlarged my mind with learning, and taught me the restraints of propriety.
3. ‘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 qfit, I really find no way to do so.’
CHAP. XI. 1. The Master being very ill, Tsze-lu wished the disciples to act as ministers to him.
2. During a remission of his illness, he said,‘ Long has the conduct
of Yfi been deceitful! By pretending to have ministers when I have them not, whom should I impose upon? Should I impose upon Heaven ?
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3. ‘ 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 ? ’
CHAP. XII. 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
ood price and sell it 7.’ The Master said, ‘ Sell it! Sell it! But Iwould wait for one to offer the price.’ I
CRAP. XIII. I. The Master was Wishing to go and live among the nine wild tribes of the east.
2. Some one said, ‘They are rude. How can you do such a thing i ’ The Master said, ‘It a superior man dwelt among them, what rudeness would there be ’i '
CHAP. XIV. 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.’
CHAP. XV. 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 2'
CHAP. XVII. virtue as he loves beauty.’ ' CHAP. XVIII.
The Master'said, ‘ I have not seen one who loves
The Master said, ‘ The prosecution 0 learning
may be compared to what may happen in raising a moun . If there want but one basket of earth to complete the work, and I stop, the