Tuesday, October 9, 2018

2018-41 - The Sage...

Once a man asked Confucius, "What kind of sage are you that you can say that Hui excels you in straight-forwardness? That in clarifying things Tuan is superior to you? That Chung is more courageous than you? And that Chuan is more dignified than you?"

In his eagerness to get a reply, the man moved to the edge of the mat and said, "If these things are true, then why are these four men your disciples?"

Confucius answered, "Hui knows how to be straight-forward, but he does not know how to be flexible. Tuan knows how to clarify things, but he does not know how to give a simple 'yes' or 'no' answer. Chuan knows how to be dignified, but he does not know how to be unassuming. And Chung knows how to be courageous, but he does not know how to be cautious. That is why these four men are glad to study under me."

~ Author Unknown

A bird that cannot open and close it's wings cannot fly.

~   Author Unknown

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