Confucian Analects

Yen Yuan


Fan Ch'ih rambling with the Master under the trees about the rain altars, said, 'I venture to ask how to exalt virtue, to correct cherished evil, and to discover delusions.'

The Master said, 'Truly a good question!

'If doing what is to be done be made the first business, and success a secondary consideration;- is not this the way to exalt virtue? To assail one's own wickedness and not assail that of others;- is not this the way to correct cherished evil? For a morning's anger to disregard one's own life, and involve that of his parents;- is not this a case of delusion?'