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夫達也者,質直而好義,察言而觀色,慮以下人 (with English)

— 顏淵第十二



Zi Zhang asks: ‘how can an official become eminent?’ Confucius asks: ‘what do you mean by eminent?’ Zi Zhang says: ‘Be famous as an official, whether it’s serving the kingdoms or the feudal lands.’ Confucius says: ‘That’s about being famous, not eminent. People who are eminent, they have virtuous characters, always believe in and pursue justice; they are also good at observing people, and always be considerate for the others. Such people can be eminent whether being an official for the kingdoms or for the feudal lands. People who are after fame, they are seemingly virtuous yet in fact acting the opposite. Plus they never question or reflect on themselves. Famous are they either serving for the kingdoms or serving for feudal lands.’


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