Confucian Analects

Yen Yuan


Chi Tsze-ch'ang said, 'In a superior man it is only the substantial qualities which are wanted;- why should we seek for ornamental accomplishments?'

Tsze-kung said, 'Alas! Your words, sir, show you to be a superior man, but four horses cannot overtake the tongue.

Ornament is as substance; substance is as ornament. The hide of a tiger or a leopard stripped of its hair, is like the hide of a dog or a goat stripped of its hair.'