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The Analects By CONFUCIUS Part 4 (1)



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."


SOURCE

Confucius. and Watson, B., 2010. The analects of Confucius. New York: Columbia University Press.




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