Confucian Analects

Yen Yuan


Sze-ma Niu asked about perfect virtue.

The Master said, 'The man of perfect virtue is cautious and slow in his speech.'

'Cautious and slow in his speech!' said Niu;- 'is this what is meant by perfect virtue?' The Master said, 'When a man feels the difficulty of doing, can he be other than cautious and slow in speaking?'