Analects 11.20

Original Text:

子张问善人之道子曰不践迹亦不入于室

Translation:

Other Translations:

Zizhang asked about the Way of the excellent person.

The Master replied, “If he does not personally follow in the footsteps [of the ancients], he will be unable to enter the inner chamber.”

Confucius, & Slingerland, E. (2003). Analects: With selections from traditional commentaries. Hackett Publishing.

Zizhang asked about the way of the truly good person. The Master said, Unless you follow in others’ footsteps, you cannot enter the inner room.

Confucius, & Watson, B. (2007). The Analects of Confucius. Columbia University Press.

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