Confucian Analects

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Confucius said, 'Contemplating good, and pursuing it, as if they could not reach it; contemplating evil, and shrinking from it, as they would from thrusting the hand into boiling water:- I have seen such men, as I have heard such words.

'Living in retirement to study their aims, and practising righteousness to carry out their principles:- I have heard these words, but I have not seen such men.'