Yen Yuan


The Duke Ai inquired of Yu Zo, saying, 'The year is one of scarcity, and the returns for expenditure are not sufficient;- what is to be done?'

Yu Zo replied to him, 'Why not simply tithe the people?'

'With two tenths, said the duke, 'I find it not enough;- how could I do with that system of one tenth?'

Yu Zo answered, 'If the people have plenty, their prince will not be left to want alone. If the people are in want, their prince cannot enjoy plenty alone.'