The Analects of Confucius

Confucius (Translated by Arthur Waley

Need I say more:
Book XIII, 3: Tzu-lu said, If the prince of Wei were waiting for you to come and administer his country for him, what would be your first measure? The Master said, It would certainly be to correct language. Tzu-lu sad, Can I have heard you right? Surely what you say has nothing to do with the matter. Why should language be corrected? The Master said, Yu! How boorish you are! A entleman, when things he does not understand are mentioned, should maintain an attitude of reserve. If language is incorrect, then what it says does not concord with what was meant; and if what is said does not concord with what is meant, what is to be done cannot be effected… Therefore the entleman uses only such language as is proper for speech, and only speaks of what it would be proper to carry into effect. The gentleman, in what he says, leaves nothing to mere chance.
Book IX, 17: The Master said, I have never yet seen anyone whose desire to build up his moral power was as strong as sexual desire.
Book I, 16: The Master said, (the good man) does not grieve that other people do not recognize his merits. His only anxiety is lest he should fail to recognize theirs.
Book III, 8: Oh the sweet smile dimpling,
The lovely eyes so black and white!
Plain silk that you would take for colored stuff.

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