Yen Yuan


Sze-ma Niu, full of anxiety, said, 'Other men all have their brothers, I only have not.'

Tsze-hsia said to him, 'There is the following saying which I have heard:-

'"Death and life have their determined appointment; riches and honours depend upon Heaven."

'Let the superior man never fail reverentially to order his own conduct, and let him be respectful to others and observant of propriety:- then all within the four seas will be his brothers. What has the superior man to do with being distressed because he has no brothers?'