Mo Ch'î said, 'Greatly am I from anything to depend upon from the mouths of men.'
Mencius observed, 'There is no harm in that. Scholars are more exposed than others to suffer from the mouths of men.
'It is said, in the Book of Poetry,"My heart is disquieted and grieved,I am hated by the crowd of mean creatures."This might have been said by Confucius. And again,"Though he did not remove their wrath,He did not let fall his own fame."This might be said of king Wan.'~ James Legge translation via nothingistic.org ~
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