Analects 12.23

Original Text:

子贡问友子曰忠告而善道之不可则止毋自辱焉

Translation:

Other Translations:

Zigong asked about friendship.

The Master replied, “Reprove your friend when dutifulness requires, but do so gently. If your words are not accepted then desist, lest you incur insult.”

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

Zigong asked how to deal with friends. The Master said, Advise them in a loyal manner; lead them with goodness. But if you get nowhere, then stop. No use to bring shame on yourself.

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

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