The Wisdom of Confucius

with Critical and Biographical Sketches

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Published: 1900
Language: English
Wordcount: 57,814 / 169 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 73.4
LoC Category: B
Downloads: 1,850
Added to site: 2010.09.28
mnybks.net#: 29114
Origin: gutenberg.org
Genre: Philosophy
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eant strict attention to its affairs and conscientiousness on the part of the ruler; careful husbanding of its resources, with at the same time a tender care for the interests of all classes; and the employing of the masses in the public service at suitable seasons.

"Let young people," said he, "show filial piety at home, respectfulness towards their elders when away from home; let them be circumspect, be truthful; their love going out freely towards all, cultivating good-will to men. And if, in such a walk, there be time or energy left for other things, let them employ it in the acquisition of literary or artistic accomplishments."

The disciple Tsz-hiá said, "The appreciation of worth in men of worth, thus diverting the mind from lascivious desires--ministering to parents while one is the most capable of so doing--serving one's ruler when one is able to devote himself entirely to that object--being sincere in one's language in intercourse with friends: this I certainly must call evidence

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