Friday, November 30, 2012

Mencius - Book 7, Part 1, Chapter 32

Kung-sun Ch'âu said, 'It is said, in the Book of Poetry,
"He will not eat the bread of idleness!"
How is it that we see superior men eating without laboring?' Mencius replied, 'When a superior man resides in a country, if its sovereign employ his counsels, he comes to tranquility, wealth and glory. If the young in it follow his instructions, they become filial, obedient to their elders, true-hearted, and faithful. What greater example can there be than this of not eating the bread of idleness?'
~ James Legge translation via ~
 Go here to read the introductory post to this serialized version of the Works of Mencius.

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