The Master said, "The prosecution of learning may be compared to what may happen in raising a mound. If there want but one basket of earth to complete the work, and I stop, the stopping is my own work. It may be compared to throwing down the earth on the level ground. Though but one basketful is thrown at a time, the advancing with it my own going forward."Go here to read the introductory post to this serialized version of the Analects of Confucius.
~ James Legge translation via The Internet Classics Archive ~