The Master said, “Acquiring Virtue by applying the mean—is this not best? And yet among the common people few are able to practice this virtue for long.”Confucius, & Slingerland, E. (2003). Analects: With selections from traditional commentaries. Hackett Publishing.
The Master said, The virtue embodied in the doctrine of the Mean11 is of the highest order. But it has long been rare among people.Confucius, & Watson, B. (2007). The Analects of Confucius. Columbia University Press.