Confucius says, “ I have seen some blanks deliberately left in history books for lack of related literature and people who let others ride their own horses. There are hardly such cases today, I believe. ”
The Analects of Confucius
Lord Wei Ling asks Confucius how to deploy forces. The Master says, “As regards mourning rituals and their related matters, I have some general knowledge. However, as regards military matters, I have little knowledge.” Confucius and his followers leave State Wei the next day.
Confucius says, “As regards those who never say ‘how to do this, how to do that,’ I really have no idea how to deal with them.”
Confucius says, “A perfect man attaches value to self-dependence while a villain makes excessive demands upon others.”
Yan Yuan inquires how to govern a state properly. The Master says, “You should use the calendar of Xia Dynasty, take carriages of Ying Dynasty, wear hats on formal occasions of Zhou Dynasty, and play the Shao Music in dances accompanied by music. You ought to prohibit the music of Zheng State, stay away from smooth tongues of empty and sweet words.
Zi Zhang inquires about how one can manage to get everywhere with ease in society. The Master says, “If one is faithful and trustworthy in words, sincere and respectful in deeds, he can still enjoy a high degree of popularity even if in a less civilized region. If one is less faithful and trustworthy in words, less sincere and respectful in deeds,
Zi Lu sleeps overnight at Shi Men, outside one of the towers over the walls of State Lu. In the early morning next day, one guard asks: “Where are you from?” Zi Lu answers: “From Confucius our Master.” The guard responds: “Is it that guy who is stubborn enough to go to advocate his ideas and notions in those regions where, he knows,
An old pal of Confucius’s, Yuan Rang is waiting for Confucius, with two legs stretched out. Confucius says, “As a child, you did not show filial piety towards your parents and submission to your elder brothers. Up to date, you have not made any progress in self-cultivation.
Yuan Xian asks about shame and disgrace. Confucius says, “When the Way or justice and truth dominate in the state, you just take a regular official’s salary. That is a shame. When the Way or justice and truth fail to prevail, you just take a regular official’s salary. That is also a shame. ”
Zi Gong likes to make frivolous remarks about others’ demerits and weak points by comparing them with each other. Confucius says, “Zi Gong, are you a sufficiently worthy man yourself? I have no so much leisure as to get pleasure from finding fault with others.”