Kung-sun Ch'âu said, 'Kwan Chung raised his prince to be the leader of all the other princes, and Yen made his prince illustrious, and do you still think it would not be enough for you to do what they did?'Go here to read the introductory post to this serialized version of the Works of Mencius.
Mencius answered, 'To raise Ch'î to the royal dignity would be as easy as it is to turn round the hand.'
'So!' returned the other. 'The perplexity of your disciple is hereby very much increased. There was king Wan, moreover, with all the virtue which belonged to him; and who did not die till he had reached a hundred years: and still his influence had not penetrated throughout the kingdom. It required king Wû and the duke of Châu to continue his course, before that influence greatly prevailed. Now you say that the royal dignity might be so easily obtained: is king Wan then not a sufficient object for imitation?'
~ James Legge translation via nothingistic.org ~