Some one addressed Confucius, saying, "Sir, why are you not engaged in the government?"Go here to read the introductory post to this serialized version of the Analects of Confucius.
The Master said, "What does the Shu-ching say of filial piety? 'You are final, you discharge your brotherly duties. These qualities are displayed in government.' This then also constitutes the exercise of government. Why must there be THAT-making one be in the government?"
~ James Legge translation via The Internet Classics Archive ~